17 Feb (NucNet): Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom is carrying out a series of activities at Unit 3 of the Rovno nuclear power station to improve safety and prepare the unit for a possible lifetime extension, a statement said.
The statement said the operational licence of Rovno-3 (also known as Rivne-3) will expire in December 2017 and a decision on whether or not to extend it is scheduled for 2018. According to Energoatom, a general state programme for improving safety at Ukraine’s nuclear plants has been approved by the government and is scheduled for completion in 2020. The completion of the programme’s activities is a prerequisite for the life extension of existing nuclear units, Energoatom said. Under the safety improvement programme, 96 activities need to be carried out at Rovno-3, 46 of which have already been completed. Another 37 need to be completed before Rovno-3’s operational licence expires in December 2017, while the remaining 13 will be finalised in stages if the operating extension is confirmed. Energoatom said funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) was instrumental in buying equipment for Rovno-3’s refurbishment. Rovno-3 is a 950-MW Soviet-supplied VVER-320 reactor unit. It began commercial operation in May 1987. There are four units in commercial operation at Rovno in western Ukraine.