On 30 August the public hearings were held in Energodar, the satellite town of Zaporizhzhya NPP, which were organized by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) for discussion of the draft decision on life-time extension of Power Unit 1 at Zaporizhzhya NPP.
The hearings were attended by the representatives of SNRIU, headed by Chairman Sergey Bozhko; National Nuclear Energy Generating Company "Energoatom", headed by President Yurii Nedashkovskiy; senior specialists of SS “Zaporizhzhya NPP", headed by Temporally Acting General Manager Vladimir Pyshnyy; experts of State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety; representatives of Ukrainian Nuclear Society; "Ukrainian Nuclear Forum" Association, public organizations of districts and cities from the monitoring area of the nuclear power plant – from Nikopol, Kamenka-Dneprovskaya, Dneprorudnyy, Vodyanoe, Ivanovka, Velyka Belozerka, Dneprovka, Blagoveschenka, Novovodianoe, Velyka Znamenka, Novodneprovka, Energodar. Representatives of the central and regional mass media also participated in the public hearings. Total number of the registered participants of the public hearings – 256 persons.
Sergey Bozhko, who opened the public hearings, thanked all participants. He emphasised that public opinion is of great importance for the regulatory authority, and it will be surely considered in making the final decision on life-time extension for the power unit 1. “Life-time extension of power units is a worldwide practice. Ukraine already has successful experience - operation of four power units at Rivne NPP and South-Ukraine NPPs was extended. At ZNPP such work is carried out in compliance with the international standards of IAEA and West Europe Regulators”.
In his speech the President of NNEGC “Energoatom" Yuriy Nedashkovsky said: "Today, in a difficult political and economical situation, in conditions of actual war in the East, decreasing energy generation by other energy providers the nuclear industry of Ukraine ensures reliable supply of electrical energy to consumers. Nowadays, electricity contributed from the nuclear power plants is more than 52% in the total generation in Ukraine. Retaining such share of nuclear energy in the energy balance is a prerequisite for strengthening our energy independence in conditions of scarcity and high world prices for energy resources".
Vladimir Pyshnyy continued the hearings. In his report he clarified what was exactly done at the power unit in terms of ageing management, assessment of technical condition of reactor installation and power unit components as a whole, equipment qualification, safety enhancement. All activities were systematized in the Comprehensive Consolidated Program of Safety Enhancement at Power Units. “Everything, that is required by the valid normative basis, we have performed. But activity on safety improvement is in progress. The Comprehensive Program will be implemented at all power units of Ukraine till 2020", - said Vladimir Maksimovich.
Summarizing the results, the member of the Ukrainian Nuclear Society Vladimir Korovkin noted that comprehensively complete information was presented at the hearings. It means that the power unit 1 may and shall obtain a license for the next phase of its operation.
Reference information: Radiation background in the area of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant meets the natural values and on 29 August it was 8 - 12 micro roentgen/hour. Release of radioactive substances into environment does not exceed the permissible values.