Energoatom constructs Radioactive waste treatment facility at KhNPP
On July 23, 2021, during a working visit to the Khmelnytskyi NPP, the head of NNEGC «Energoatom» Petro Kotin got acquainted with the workflow on the Radioactive waste treatment facility site.
Mykola Bozhko, General Director of SS «Atomprojectengineering», reported that concrete works have been started at the site to install a foundation monolithic slab while procedures for purchasing systems and ancillary equipment are underway. Additional works on irrigation and compaction of a sand base, arrangement of timbering for concrete bedding, covering of a sand base with a film are carried out. Incineration facility, supercontactor, fragmentation and sorting facility, grout treatment facility as well as metal decontamination facility have already been delivered to the site.
The head of Energoatom Petro Kotin stressed the importance of completing this construction as soon as possible along with the timely and qualitative implementation of the work plan.
Construction works at the Radioactive waste treatment facility are scheduled to be completed in October next year, installation works – in November 2022, while the start of trial operation is planned in May 2023.
Under the provisions of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035, safe radioactive waste handling is one of the most important factors in the sustainable development of the nuclear sector in the country.
The improvement of radwaste handling systems is aimed at ensuring their processing to a state that will meet the criteria of acceptability of their disposal in centralized storage facilities. To this end, radioactive waste treatment facilities are being constructed at nuclear power plants to bring the radwaste handling system in line with modern requirements, as well as to ensure the possibility of radwaste transfer to the final disposal.