A storage facility for spent fuel will be put into service at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant before the year 2000, according to Energoatom. It will be built in stages beginning this year. The first three containers for the fuel are being assembled at Zaporozhye. Each will hold 24 assemblies. The first stage involves installing 20 containers at the store. 380 containers will be put into service by 2000. The service life of the store will be 50 years. Late last year the administration of the Krasnoyarsk Territory prohibited the Zheleznogorsk mining and chemical complex from accepting Ukrainian spent fuel on the grounds that the payment was insufficient. Ukraine had been delivering to Russia 400 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel every year.