Ukraine has lifted its ban on the transportation of nuclear fuel, according to a letter from the Ukrainian State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation, a copy of which was made available to Interfax.
The regulator has lifted the ban on the transportation of nuclear and
other radioactive materials through Ukraine, according to the document
signed on March 6 by First Deputy Head of the State Inspectorate for
Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine Mykhailo Hashev.
The ban was introduced in late January. Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Dmitry Rogozin said a day earlier that Ukraine has enough fuel for
March-April. “Ukrainian NPPs (nuclear power plans) are stocked up with
fuel for March and April. So far there is a ban on this sort of fuel
movement because of the unstable situation in the country,” he said. “We
have problems sending nuclear fuel via Ukraine to our partners in east
Europe, and there are issues associated with fuel supplies to Ukraine’s
nuclear power plants,” Rogozin said.
Our TVEL company can solve the problem of rail transit through
Ukraine by transporting the fuel by air, Russian state nuclear
corporation Rosatom said.
“Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL will honor all its obligations to supply
nuclear fuel to the foreign NPPs. To this end we can use an alternative
licensed delivery method: by air transport. In particular, for an NPP
in Slovakia we are planning to deliver nuclear fuel by air as early as
next week,” the state corporation said.
“We continue working as usual with all our foreign partners, they understand the change of the itinerary,” Rosatom said.
The state corporation does not envisage any restrictions in unloading
nuclear fuel to Ukraine because it has received the down payment, a
Rosatom source told Interfax. “We do not see any obstacles in supplying
nuclear fuel to Ukraine because TVEL has already received pre-payments
for the next four shipments. If the Ukrainian watchdog lifts
restrictions on the rail transportation in time for the next delivery
(late March – early April), it will proceed as usual; if the
restrictions remain in place, then an alternative scheme will be used,”
the source said.