The first batch of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from the floating technical base «Lepse» was delivered by the ship «Serebryanka» from the territory of the shipyard «Nerpa» to the base of PJSC «Atomflot» in Murmansk.

Transportation of fuel assemblies is one of the last stages of the international project for the floating base «Lepse» utilization, which started in 2008. The works are financed from the Fund to support of Environmental partnership «Severnoye izmerenie» (Northern dimension) grant (manager - the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). The amount of the grant is 53 million euros.

Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region Evgeny Nikora, heads of «Rosatom» and «Atomflot», diplomats, representatives of the IAEA, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international organizations took part in the ceremony dedicated to the beginning of an important stage of the project.

Evgeny Nikora noted that an important step is being taken in ensuring global radiation safety in our region.

Head of The Directorate of the Northern sea route, Deputy Head of the state Corporation Rosatom Vyacheslav Ruksha noted that the elimination of such dangerous object as «Lepse» is the most important event in the environmental rehabilitation of the Murmansk region.

The first batch of SNF is 111 fuel assemblies in six shipping containers. In total, it is necessary to transport 639 assemblies, which will be delivered in six flights.
Posted by: 25 September 2019