Nordisk Sikkerhet visits Chernobyl NPP and Pripyat
Published: 27 April 2016
On 21 April Nordisk Sikkerhet staff visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where they toured Chernobyl NPP and the abandoned city of Pripyat. The visit was part of an international forum program organized by the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” to mark the 30th anniversary of the accident at Chernobyl NPP.
While at Chernobyl NPP, experts from Nordisk Sikkerhet were able to view up-close the New Safe Confinement structure which will be placed over the damaged unit 4 at the end of this year. They also toured the site of the Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISF2). Here they first visited the inside of the nearly-completed spent fuel processing facility, including the “hot cell” where nuclear fuel assemblies will be processed and prepared for storage, then visited the temporary storage area, where the processed material will remain for 100 years.
Such a visit allows Nordisk Sikkerhet experts to better understand the current status of the ongoing work at Chernobyl, outstanding issues, and how the organization can contribute to the overall efforts at the site. Nordisk Sikkerhet has recently submitted an application to the Norwegian government for a project to improve the physical protection system at Chernobyl NPP, and used this opportunity to investigate the possibility of future projects at the site.
After visiting Chernobyl NPP, the staff of Nordisk Sikkerhet also visited the abandoned city of Pripyat, which serves as a powerful reminder of the necessity to constantly improve and maintain safety and security arrangements at nuclear and radiological sites around the world.