SAUEZM and the European Commission have started to develop infrastructure for managing radwaste management projects

In August 2021, work began on creating a reliable and sustainable infrastructure for project management within the State Strategy for Radioactive Waste Management. This art project has been implemented since June by the joint efforts of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) and the European Commission. In particular, about 2 million euros is the contribution of the EU Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (ISSA).

The project is planned in two phases.

The first pilot phase, which will last until the summer of 2024, will involve three organizations — SAUEZM, SSE “Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management” (CPPRV) and SSE “Radon Association”. The second phase envisages the dissemination and implementation of the results of the first phase at SSE “Chornobyl NPP” and SSE “Ecocentre” in order to create a fully functional infrastructure for programme and project management in the entire structure of SAUEZM and its subordinate organisations.

The work will be performed by a team of highly qualified experts with extensive experience in managing nuclear safety projects in Ukraine and other countries. The consortium led by the Chornobyl Institute for Research and Development (Ukraine) in cooperation with the Spanish company IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture and the Ukrainian company NT-Engineering will work closely with experts from SAUEZM, SSE “Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management” and SSE “Radon Association”. Staff training will be supported by the Ukrainian Project Management Association, and students who successfully complete the course will be certified by the International Project Management Association (IRMA).

“The implementation of this project is long-awaited and will increase the institutional capacity of both SAUEZM and its subordinate enterprises. We are convinced that the implementation of the best international management practices will increase both our economic efficiency and, very importantly, the level of nuclear and radiation safety,” said Andriy Plyatsko, First Deputy Chairman of the SAUEZM.