Severodvinsk plans to ship spent fuel in May: Year’s first nuclear transport train leaves Murmansk

Publish date: March 12, 1998

Written by: Igor Kudrik

Spent fuel from nuclear submarines is to be shipped from Severodvinsk shipyards to Mayak in Siberia for reprocessing in May this year. Whether the shipment can actually be made depends upon the completion of repairs on the Malina-class service ship PM-63.

The Malina-class naval nuclear fuel transport ship PM-63 is permanently stationed in the waters of Severodvinsk Zvezdochka shipyard. The vessel is the only one in Severodvinsk capable of performing refueling operations and loading TUK-18 railway cars with spent nuclear fuel. In September last year, the city council of Severodvinsk issued a resolution saying that PM-63 will be granted permission to perform operations involving spent nuclear fuel only after overhaul repairs.

This year, the Russian Defence Ministry has allocated 1,8 million USD for repairs of the vessel. In the meantime, the sum required is estimated to be more than 5 million USD. Nevertheless, Navy officials in Severodvinsk believe the fuel will be shipped this May.

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