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A forest fire on the western tip of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has not affected background radiation levels, state authorities said today.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-confirms-no-change-to-radiation-levels-fro

Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom announced new restrictive measures on 25 March after the Ukraine cabinet on 18 March placed all four nuclear power plant satellite cities under strict quarantine.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergoatom-takes-action-to-minimise-impact-of-covid-19-at-ukraines-nuclear-plants-7847493

Energoatom yesterday announced the introduction of measures to protect its key workers from exposure to COVID-19. They are being housed in separate rooms within specially appointed hotels, where all the necessary measures for disinfection and medical monitoring are being carried out, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator said.

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energoatom-separates-plant-personnel-for-protectio

ProZorro, the public e-procurement system that Ukraine launched in 2016, saved nuclear power plant operator Energoatom more than UAH1 billion last year and the average number of offers per purchase increased by 8.5%. ProZorro was developed by anti-corruption organisation Transparency International Ukraine as a collaborative effort between the government, business sector and social groups.

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energoatom-saves-USD76-million-through-online-proc

Almost 3500 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) hasĀ been removed from research reactor sites around the world over the past few decades, thanks to efforts supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Seventy-one research reactors have been converted to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel since 1978. Conversion of such reactors to use LEU reduces the proliferation risk presented by HEU.

Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-highlights-efforts-to-convert-research-reacto

NuScale Power and Ukraine's State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) have announced the signature of an agreement to start work on the evaluation of national regulatory and design processes related to the implementation of NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MoU-starts-evaluation-of-NuScale-SMR-for-Ukraine

Engineers at the UK's University of Sheffield have developed materials that they say could be used to help decommission the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants. In the new research published today, they report their development of small batches of low radioactivity materials that can be used to simulate lava-like fuel containing materials (LFCMs). LFCMs are a mixture of highly radioactive molten nuclear fuel and building materials that fuse together during a nuclear meltdown.

Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Engineers-publish-new-research-on-meltdown-materia

The €380m ISF-2 interim spent nuclear fuel processing and storage facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine has been handed over by contractor Holtec International to the operator, Chernobyl NPP, with hot testing expected to start next month.

Chernobyl NPP said the start of hot testing is scheduled for the end of February. Cold testing lasted almost four months, from 6 May 2019 until 29 August 2019.

The cold tests comprised a range of situations which could be faced by the operator, including normal operation and response to incidents and emergencies. Hot testing will use real fuel and will take three months. During hot testing 186 spent fuel assemblies will be transferred from the current interim spent nuclear fuel storage facility to ISF-2.

Holtec said ISF-2 can formally begin commercial operation once Chernobyl NPP receives an operating permit from the Ukrainian nuclear regulator.

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hot-testing-to-start-at-interim-spent-fuel-facility-in-february-1-3-2020

Energoatom yesterday discussed eight legislative bills that it says require adoption to help it continue to meet international obligations, standards and requirements, as well as others that concern the nuclear power plant operator's budget. The meeting was attended by Pavel Pavlyshin, Energoatom's acting president, and Ostap Shipailo, chairman of the subcommittee on nuclear energy and nuclear safety of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-assesses-legislation-to-support-nuclear-se

Ukraine has this week held public hearings on plans to extend by 15 years the operation of unit 3 of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant, which entered commercial operation in 1989. Another topic for discussion is the fact the unit's reactor core is fully loaded with Westinghouse fuel, and the country's nuclear regulator, SNRC, told participants in the hearings it expected to approve commercial operation using this fuel by the turn of the year.

Date: Saturday, 21 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Licence-decision-for-South-Ukraine-unit-3-expected