For realizing the rights of the public and its associations to take part in review and decision-making process related to the use of nuclear energy and based on the principles of openness and accessibility of information about the SS Zaporizhzhya NPP activity, the Nicopol district state administration jointly with SS “Zaporizhzhya NPP” of SE NNEGC “Energoatom” will hold a meeting on reviewing the materials on safety justification for operational lifetime extension of ZNPP power units No 1 and 2 on August 19 2015. The reason for the meeting with the public is expiration of the designed lifetime of ZNPP power unit 1 on 23.12.2015 and power unit 2 on 19.02.2016 correspondingly and development of the Reports on Periodic Safety Reassessment in this relation, which are the main documents on the basis of which the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) makes a decision on the possibility of lifetime extension for the power units.
National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” submitted applications and sets of documents for amending the License Series ЕО No 000196 to perform the activity at the lifecycle stage “operation of “SS Zaporizhzhya NPP” nuclear facility”, for SS Zaporizhzhya NPP power units 1 and 2 reached their designed lifetime limit.
The design-established 30 years-long VVER-1000 power unit lifetime was based on the exclusively conservative estimates grounded on the knowledge level of the last century’s 70s and 80s. The practical operational experience demonstrated that the actual lifetime of main NPP components was significantly longer than it had been envisaged earlier and the replacement of other components could be made at relatively low cost.
The tendency for the power unit lifetime extension is adopted in numerous NPPs operating countries; the Great Britain, Canada, Russia, the USA and France have gained the practical knowledge in this area. Ukraine is also on the list. There are currently three running domestic power units, which received SNRIU licenses for lifetime extension.
The meeting is scheduled for August 19 at 10:00 in the Large Conference Hall of the District Council at the following address:, 130, Shevchenko Str., Nikopol. SS ZNPP experts will render the information and technical support for the meeting. The event agenda envisages the following:
- Presentation of materials on safety justification for lifetime extension of ZNPP power units 1 and 2;
- Replies to the questions and comments of participants of the hearings;
- Collection of proposals, questions and comments received during the meeting.
Note. The public hearings are planned to be held in Energodar on September 29, 2015. The meeting date change, if any, will be advised additionally.