- 20 September 2017
Training in BROKK manipulators maintenance and repair was held at Chornobyl NPP in September.
Specialists of the Radioactive Waste Management shop (hereinafter: RWMS) were trained on the basis of the Industrial Complex for Solid Radioactive Waste Management (hereinafter: ICSRM).
Two experts from Belgian company TECNUBEL were instructors. The training was carried out under the full financing from the Belgian government fund.
Training started from the theoretical part. The experts told to RWMS representatives about the main units of BROKK-180 system and about the indicators of their failure.
- 15 September 2017
SSE ChNPP General Director Igor Gramotkin, accompanied by Acting Technical Director Oleksandr Skomarokhov, top management of JV Novarka and SIP PMU, made a regular walk through the New Safe Confinement working area.
The managers became convinced that the project works are at the closing stage: general construction works are almost finished; installation of the main systems is in progress; preparatory works and tests of main cranes system are underway; works on outer and inner cladding are coming to an end; installation of the sealing membrane is in progress. Active works are under way both inside and outside the technological building, as well as in auxiliary premises. First of all these are installation works for various systems.
- 14 September 2017
During September 12-14th the Chornobyl NPP hosts the IAEA Workshop on Scientific and Technical Support of NPP Decommissioning.
Experts of the Chornobyl NPP, representatives of NAEC “Energoatom”, specialists of the regulating authority of Ukraine, employees of national scientific organizations, as well as specialized experts from France, Slovakia and Lithuania take part in the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to provide assistance to the Chornobyl NPP in the development of the “Program for scientific support of the Chornobyl NPP decommissioning”, the document providing a comprehensive approach for the solution of all technical and technological problems in the process of decommissioning.
During the workshop the participants will discuss the issues associated with the organization of scientific support for the process of the Chornobyl NPP decommissioning and will familiarize themselves with Lithuanian, Slovak and French experience in this area. In addition, experts will determine the areas of activities during decommissioning that require scientific support, inform about the use of innovative technologies and share the results of the most important scientific and technical activities.
- 13 September 2017
On the 12-th of September, the delegation of the French Republic Senate visited the Chornobyl NPP site. The objective of the visit was the discussion of ecological issues and conditions for activities of French companies.
The delegation consisted of managers of the France – Ukraine friendship group of the France Senate, representatives of the Senate apparatus, and the Embassy of French Republic in Ukraine. The Ukrainian side was represented by deputies and administrative representatives of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management.
The first place of visit at the site was the observation pavilion of the New Safe Confinement, where the delegation familiarized with the history and current activities at the facility. Subsequently David Coulet, Director of the NOVARKA Consortium, provided a familiarization tour for the delegation members at the construction site of the New Safe Confinement.
After that the delegation conducted negotiations of Ihor Gramotkin, General Director of the Chornobyl NPP.
It should be recalled that the French Consortium Novarka has been working at the Chornobyl NPP site since 2007. The Consortium consists of two French construction corporations: Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues. The Consortium is the main Contactor for construction of the New Safe Confinement.
- 13 September 2017
To date, the Chornobyl nuclear power plant has accumulated about 20,000 m3 of liquid radioactive waste (LRAW), being stored in the tanks of two existing storage facilities.
The existing structure of RAW management at the SSE ChNPP provides for the reprocessing of accumulated LRAW at the Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant (LRWTP), being at the completion stage.
Preliminary estimates indicate that it will take about 29 years to reprocess all the accumulated LRAW at the LRWTP, at the same the expected number of obtained RAW packages will be more than 303,000, most of them will result from reprocessing of the evaporate concentrate (hereinafter referred to as EC). Packages with radioactive waste are to be disposed at the Engineered Near-Surface Solid Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility (hereinafter referred to as ENSDF), which is designed to accept RAW packages from LRWTP in the quantity of about 70,000. This situation associated with the lack of available space at the storage facility for RAW disposal requires searching for ways to reduce the volumes of the LRWTP final product. One of the efficient measures may be diminishing the volume of the existing LRAW subject to reprocessing at the LRWTP.
In addition to the mentioned problems, the ChNPP is also in search of economically feasible modern methods for treatment of radioactively contaminated water. Significant amount of such water is replenished every year.
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