German companies to help Ukraine with waste management

4 March 2016

A consortium of four German companies - Brenk Systemplanung, DMT, Plejades and TÜV Nord EnSys - has been awarded a contract to improve infrastructure for managing radioactive waste, the rehabilitation of contaminated areas and the decommissioning of NPPs in Ukraine. The contract will run for two years initially with a maximum budget of €1.5m ($1.6m).The project, comes under the framework of the European Union-funded Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). The INSC is designed to support non-EU countries in improving nuclear safety.

The main objectives of the contract are to support Ukrainian State Corporation 'Radon' in establishing an emergency response system for "radiation incidents involving unauthorised radioactive materials that are not related to nuclear power plant operation". It also calls for the establishment of integrated, automated monitoring systems for radiation and environmental protection at Radon facilities, as well as the remediation of radioactive waste storage sites resulting from the Chernobyl NPP accident and situated outside the exclusion zone.

DMT said it will jointly lead with TÜV Nord EnSys Hannover the assessment of some 50 radioactive waste storage sites. By means of a ranking, they will also identify a possible pilot rehabilitation project, for which a complete remediation concept - including safety report and tender documents - must be created. Recommendations for the processing of other sites will then be drawn from the pilot. This work will be carried out "in close cooperation with Ukrainian counterparts, the site managers and the relevant authorities", DMT added.

The European Commission launched its TACIS (Technical Aid to the Commonwealth of Independent States) nuclear safety programme in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl accident to provide nuclear safety assistance mostly to projects in Russia and Ukraine. Since 2007, it has widened its nuclear safety assistance and cooperation to third-party countries under the INSC, which had a total budget allocation of €524m for 2007-2013. A new INSC covering 2014-2020 was adopted in 2013, with a €225m budget.

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