Decommissioning of obsolete Russian fuel facilities to be completed

30 May 2016

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has called for bids to complete decommissioning of facilities, which fabricated fuel rods for production uranium-graphite reactors (PUGRs) at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Plant (NCCP). The maximum price of the government contract is set at RUB555.7m ($8.4m) to be completed by 30 November 2017, Rosatom's procurement website said.

Fabrication of PUGR fuel rods began at NCCP d in 1948 to meet the needs of the defence complex. It was shut down in 2008. Decommissioning relates to Buildings 73, 22 and 65, which housed the production process. The option chosen was to dismantle and demolish the buildings. Preparatory work was done during the first stage of decommissioning, under a government contract of February 2015. This included construction of the necessary infrastructure and partial dismantling (50%) of the equipment as well demolition of Buildings 22 and 65.

In 2016-2017, it is planned to complete the decommissioning, specifically to finish dismantling the equipment, to demolish Building 73, manage radwaste, and rehabilitate the territory. Financing will be provided from the Federal Target Programme Nuclear and Radiation Safety in 2016-2030 (FTP NRS-2).

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