KIEV, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — Ukraine has started a construction of a facility for nuclear waste near the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant, local media reported on Saturday.
The central spent fuel storage facility (CSFSF), which would cost an estimated 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, will be built at the 30-km-radius exclusion zone around the plant.
After the facility is put into operation, it will store spent nuclear fuel from three Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
The building of the CSFSF is aimed at boosting Ukraine’s capabilities in managing and storing its nuclear waste. Currently, the East European country relies heavily on Russia for storing spent fuel from its power plants.
Ukraine generates over half of its electricity from nuclear energy. Currently, 15 reactors in four nuclear power plants are operating in the East European country.