Ukraine is building spent fuel storage facility

Ukraine is moving to build a spent fuel storage facility on its territory. According to a press report, the national company, Energoatom, will submit draft legislation to the parliament by the end of 2008. The facility is expected to accomodate up to 1000 VVER fuel assemblies annually. The total storage capacity is reported to be 17,000 fuel assemblies. The storage facility will be constructed by Holtec International, which won the tender in 2004. The construction is not expected to be finished before 2012.

Today, Ukraine is sending spent fuel of its VVER reactors to Russia (the price is expected to reach $730/kg in 2008). The RMBK fuel is presumably stored at reactor sites.