Storage facility for Chernobyl’s spent fuel clears big hurdles
Once completed, the Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at Chernobyl will process, dry and cut more than 21,000 bundles (also known as assemblies) of spent fuel rods from units 1-3 of the nuclear power plant. These processed assemblies will be placed in double-walled casks and safely stored in concrete modules on site for a minimum of 100 years.
In 2015, the contractor building ISF-2 completed essential design tasks, finished most of the construction work and received regulatory approval for all of the facility’s safety components. The ongoing installation of equipment will be followed by an integrated test of the facility in the first half of 2016. The start of the spent fuel transfer is scheduled for 2017 while delivery of the final batch of casks is due the following year.
The transfer of spent fuel to ISF-2 from its current storage facility will mark a major step forward in nuclear safety at Chernobyl. Work on ISF-2 is financed by the EBRD-managed Nuclear Safety Account and a separate EBRD grant. Discussions among donors are underway to raise additional funds and secure the successful completion of the project as planned.
Over 21,000 assemblies
of spent fuel rods from units 1-3 will be processed, dried, cut and safely stored
Assemblies will be safely stored in concrete modules on site for a minimum of