Abramovsky: ISF-2 as Great Victory on Way to Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Ukraine

A regular meeting of the Assembly of Donors of the Nuclear Safety Account was held on 2 December within an online  conference. The participants summed up the results of the 55th work program for radiation and nuclear safety, among which they considered the reports on implementing the project for construction of an interim spent fuel storage facility and operation of the liquid radioactive waste treatment plant.

“Ukraine is interested in the successful implementation of the ISF-2 project, completion of hot tests on time and make every effort for this. This facility allows start of spent nuclear fuel transport from ISF-1 to ISF-2 and ensures its long-term and safe storage. The beginning of hot tests under the ISF-2 project is a great victory on the way to nuclear and radiation safety of Ukraine”, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Roman Abramovsky noted.

The Chornobyl NPP in 2020 did not receive all the planned funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, R. Abramovsky stated that the ministry works to solve ChNPP financing issue in 2021 during the entire budget process.

Ukraine, according to the minister, has identified priority projects, as well as mechanisms and sources of their financing for further cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In particular, the “Analysis of Current Status of Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Management in the Exclusion Zone” was submitted to the EBRD for consideration.

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.