During the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference "Safety and Efficiency of Nuclear Energy" that was held in Odesa from 4 to 6 September, the experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) shared developments related to safe handling operations with spent nuclear fuel during its preparation for long-term storage in the spent fuel storage facilities constructed in Ukraine.
The regulatory framework of Ukraine is analyzed, improved and brought to compliance with the international standards to improve the safety and reliability of spent fuel operations. The spent fuel storage facilities constructed in Ukraine use the technology of the American company Holtec International; therefore, the regulations of Ukraine and the USA were used when designing the equipment.
It was established during the comparative analysis of the regulations of the both countries as regards crane equipment for spent fuel management that the requirements of the US documents do not contradict and supplement the requirements of the national regulations.
“Simultaneous implementation of the requirements established in the documents of Ukraine and the United States ensures in general reliable operations with spent fuel and prevention of fuel element damage”, decommissioning department engineer Mykola Sapon noted.
The documents contain the requirements for crane equipment to prevent falling, uncontrolled movement and damage of spent nuclear fuel under emergency conditions and for the reliability of operations with it.
The expert also noted that crane equipment in ChNPP spent fuel storage facility and centralized spent fuel storage facility was designed in compliance with the requirements of the regulations.