In the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a license was presented to carry out the activity - operation of the nuclear installation “Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility” (SNFSF-2) at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Head of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate Hryhoriy Plachkov presented the license to SSE Chornobyl NPP Acting Director General Valeriy Seyda.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that Ukraine is doing everything possible to enhance reliability and security and avoid future catastrophes similar to the Chornobyl tragedy.
"We are very glad that Ukraine is not alone on this path and enjoys the broad support of international partners. And today is a clear example of such support and effectiveness of our joint actions. Today, a new storage facility for spent nuclear fuel has been put into operation,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The Head of State noted that the proper handling of spent nuclear fuel is an integral part of the nuclear fuel cycle and is a priority at all stages.
"It is very important that today we have received a license to operate a new storage facility - another, modern type that is more technological, safer and, importantly, has a service life of up to 100 years," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to the President, the implementation of this joint project of Ukraine and its international partners lasted more than 10 years. Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked everyone who took part in the construction of the storage facility.
"This is a significant step for security in the Chornobyl zone, security in Ukraine, security in Europe and around the world. The step we are taking today with boundless gratitude and respect to all liquidators of the Chornobyl accident, as well as with boundless faith and readiness to work for the safe, ecological future of our children, our next generations," the President stressed.