Russia commissions dry storage facility in Zheleznogorsk

Russia commissioned the first stage of the centralized dry storage facility at the Mining and Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk. When completed, the facility will be able to receive spent fuel of two types of reactors - RBMK and VVER-1000.

The capacity of the first stage of the RBMK storage is reported to be 8,129 tonnes, the cost - 16 billion rubles (about $530 million - this is higher than the previous estimate of 9.5 billion rubles). The second stage, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will have capacity of about 8,000 tonnes of VVER-1000 fuel. Other reports suggest that the total capacity of the facility is expected to reach 38,000 MTHM (this will be in agreement with earlier reports about Rosatom plans).

The design capacity of the facility is 26,510 tonnes of RBMK fuel and 11,275 tonnes of VVER-1000 fuel. The Federal Program on Nuclear and Radiation Safety for 2008-2015 allocated 30,729 billion rubles for the construction of the facility.

The facility is expected to receive the first shipment of spent RBMK fuel from the Leningrad nuclear power plant in February-March 2012. Overall, the facility expects eight shipments of 64 tonnes each in 2012.