Implementing the citizens’ and their associations’ rights for participation in review of the issues and making decisions related to the utilization of nuclear energy, based on the principles of openness and accessibility of the information about activities of Zaporozhye NPP, the Nikopol City Council together with the Energoatom’s DD Zaporozhye NPP launch the process of organization of the public hearings for review of the documentation on safety justification of the ZNPP Unit 3 operation life-time extension.
The reason for launching of the process is expiration of the design operation life-time of ZNPP Unit 3 on 05.03.2017 and, in this relation, development of the Periodic Safety Review Report for the power unit – main document, based on which the State Nuclear Regulation Inspection of Ukraine (SNRIU) will make a decision about the possibility to extend the operation life-time of the power unit.
National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” have submitted the application and set of documents for revision of the License EO No. 000196 for activities at the “ZNPP Nuclear Facility Operation” stage of the life cycle due to expiration of the design operation life-time of Zaporozhye NPP Unit 3.
The tendency to extend the operation life-time of the power units is adopted in many countries operating the nuclear power plants; Great Britain, Canada, Russian Federation, the USA, France have already gained the practical experience in this area. Ukraine is also in this list. At the moment six domestic power units are operated within the beyond-design period in accordance with the licenses issued by SNRIU.
In 2016 Zaporozhye NPP entered a new, but a long-expected stage of development – the first two power units of Zaporozhye NPP with the B-320 reactor are successfully operated within the beyond-design period. On the 13th of September, 2016, SNRIU made a decision to extend the operation life-time of ZNPP Unit 1 until the 23rd of December, 2025, and on the 3rd of October, 2016 – of ZNPP Unit 2 until the 19th of February, 2026. New state-of-the art equipment has been installed at the power units, innovation systems have been implemented, large-scale reconstruction and modernization have been performed. All these measures are a guarantee of reliable and safe operation.
The public hearings for review of the documentation on safety justification of the ZNPP Unit 3 operation life-time extension will be convened in Nikopol City on the 15th of September, 2017, at 15:00 in the large hall of the Nikopol Cultural-Leisure Center at the following address: Nikopol City, Patriots of Ukraine Str., 94.
Informational and technical support of the public hearings will be ensured by the ZNPP experts. The program of the event stipulates the following:
- Presentation of the documentation on safety justification of the ZNPP Unit 3 operation life-time extension;
- Answers to the questions and comments of the hearings’ participants;
- Collection of proposals, questions and comments received in the course of the hearings.
We are looking forward to active participating and supporting by all public organizations, mass media and individual citizens in the process of the public hearings.
Please provide your questions and proposals by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
While submitting questions and proposals, please indicated the family name, first name and patronymic, mailing or e-mail address, telephone No., fax No. (if available) of a person applying for the answer.
In case of any questions concerning the hearings, please contact the Ecology Section of the Nikopol City Council or ZNPP Information Center, Public and Mass Media Relations Department.