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26.03.2015

PRESS RELEASE on public hearing regarding the review of materials on safety justification of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension

PRESS RELEASE on public hearing regarding the review of materials on safety justification of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension

Implementing the rights of citizens and their associations for participation in review of issues and making decisions related to nuclear energy uses, based on principles of open and accessible information of its activity, SS South-Ukrainian NPP of SE NNEGC Energoatom (SUNPP) jointly with local state administrations and executive committees of the local councils of administrative units within SUNPP control area launches the process of arrangement the public hearing on the review of materials on safety justification of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension. The active phase of  the public hearing will start on March, the 27th. The procedure for public hearing is determined by the Order of CmU №1122 of 18.07.1998.

The reason for the public hearing is designed lifetime expiry of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 on 12.05.2015 and development in this regard the Report on periodic safety reassessment – the principal document, on the basis of which the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) makes a decision regarding the possibility of the power unit lifetime extension.

The designed 30-years lifetime of WWER-1000 type power units was grounded on purely conservative estimates based on knowledge level available in 70-80s of the last century. The practical operation experience proved that the actual lifetime of the basic NPP elements is much longer than it was assumed before, and other elements may be replaced at relatively little costs.

The tendency for power unit lifetime extension is acceptable in numerous countries operating nuclear power plants; the Great Britain, Canada, Russia, USA, France possess that practical experience.  Ukraine is also in this list. At this moment, compliant to the licenses issued by SNRIU, three national power units operate with extension of their designed lifetime.  

“The Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the Period till 2030” determines  the operated NPP power units as one of the necessary conditions to reach the aims declared in it.  Realization of this condition provides for the energy independence of our state, especially when other national electric energy producers do not reliably support the power balance, and for power generation support till the new capacities are commissioned.  Besides, this will give a possibility to accumulate the required funds for decommissioning the operated power units without significant overloading the consumer.

One has to remind that SS SUNPP has already a positive experience of lifetime extension by the first power unit. Thus, end 2013 the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine admitted justified the possibility to operate power unit 1 of of South-Ukrainian NPP till December, the 2nd, 2023.

The process of preparation for public hearing regarding the issues of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension comprises:

  • Consultations with the local public authorities and local government authorities on holding the public hearing;  
  • Development and preparation of information materials  for public;
  • Drawing up the scheduled plan of the public hearing.

The public hearing regarding the review of materials on safety justification of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension are planned to be held in the following settlements:

Settlement Date Time Place
  Urban settlement Arbuzynka

27.03.2015

09-00

Central Square, 18 (Session hall of the Region Council)

 

Urban settlement Bratske

03.04.2015

10-00

Region Community Center

 

Town Yuzhnoukrainsk

10.04.2015

15-00

Town Community Center

 

Town Voznesensk

15.04.2015

14-00

Town Community Center

 

Town Pervomaysk

17.04.2015

14-00

Town Community Center

 

The informational and technical support of the public hearing will be provided by SUNPP specialists. The agenda of the event envisages:  

  • Presentation of materials on safety justification of South-Ukrainian NPP Power Unit 2 lifetime extension;
  • Answers to questions and comments of the hearing participants;
  • Collection of proposals, questions and comments received during the hearing;
  • Audio record with the following playback of shorthand reports of the hearing discussion part.

The final phase of the public hearing will include:

  • Systemizing and analysis of the proposals, questions and comments received in the process of the hearing; preparation of the specialists’ replies to those. Development of “The Book of Questions and Answers”;
  • Making up the final Report on the public hearing results for the use of the obtained materials in the following SUNPP work;
  • Publication of the public hearing results by means of the Report placement, including “The Book of Questions and Answers” as its component, on SUNPP web site;
  • Provision of the printed copies of the Report to the local executive authorities , local government authorities, on whose territory the public hearing took place, and to the state regulatory  authority for nuclear and radiation safety.

We hope for an active participation and support of all public organizations, mass media and individual citizens in the process of public hearing.  

Requests and proposals are received by tel. (05136) 4-11-61; tel./fax (05136) 2-18-35, or to electronic address: oinfo@sunpp.gov.ua.

During submission of requests and proposals we ask to indicate the surname, name and patronymic, correspondence or electronic address, or telephone, fax number (if needed) of the requester for replying.

Contact person: Vlada Volodymyrivna Tishkova (Department for public and mass media liaison) 

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