Ukrainian PM, IAEA Director General discuss issues of nuclear safety

Ukrainian PM, IAEA Director General discuss issues of nuclear safety

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Ukraine has developed a strategy for the transition to renewable energy sources, which focuses on the development of nuclear energy in Ukraine, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said at a meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

"Ukraine has developed a strategy for the transition to renewable energy sources. At the same time, the document focuses on the development of nuclear energy in Ukraine," Shmyhal said, Ukrinform reports with reference to the Government portal.

He also stressed that nuclear energy is the basis of Ukraine's energy system.

"Our nuclear energy sector operates in accordance with national and international standards and IAEA requirements for ensuring nuclear and radiation safety. At the same time, Ukraine demonstrates the reliability and transparency of the existing system of control over nuclear materials," the prime minister said.

Shmyhal informed the IAEA director general that in 2023 the Ukrainian energy system would be synchronized with the European ENTSO-E network, which will contribute to the further development of the nuclear energy sector in Ukraine.

In addition, the interlocutors discussed overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl NPP disaster.

The prime minister said that a license was issued for the operation of a dry storage facility for used nuclear fuel (SNFS-2) of the Chornobyl NPP, which will allow moving nuclear fuel from the SNFS-1 storage facility, built during the liquidation of the accident in 1986.

Shmyhal thanked the IAEA for the assistance in overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster as well as in transforming the facility into an environmentally friendly system

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an international intergovernmental scientific and technical organization, with 172 member states.

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