Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ukraine nuclear plant ( Zaporizhia ) warrants a closer examination ( December 31 , 2014 ) - More than meets the eye going on here !

Yatseniuk threatens to dismiss energy minister for lack of control

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Yatseniuk threatens to dismiss energy minister for lack of control
Photo: Ivan Chernichkin
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has threatened to dismiss Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn due to a lack of control over the ministry.
"Yesterday, at a cabinet meeting, I gave the energy minister a month to take control of the industry and his ministry, or I'll be forced to propose that the parliament make personnel decisions. In particular, he should also take control of the appointment of the heads of state-owned energy companies. There will be no representatives who are Russian citizens, such as [Konstantin] Grigorishin is," he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
As reported, Yuriy Kasych was appointed director of the Ukrenergo national energy company.
Kasych has until recently headed PJSC Chernihivoblenergo, a company controlled by the affiliates of entrepreneurs Konstantin Grigorishin and Ihor Kolomoisky.
Source: RBC-Ukraine


Earlier on Tuesday, before the agreement was signed, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk had hailed it as one more move to diversify Ukraines sources of energy imports.

In mid-December, Energoatom President Yuriy Nedashkovsky said the Ukrainian company was considering increasing the use of nuclear fuel at 13 Ukrainian nuclear generating units.

He said that, if the planned use of TBC-WR fuel in Generating Unit Three of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, where it would be loaded early in 2015, proved successful, its test use in Generating Unit Five of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant would be increased.


     South Ukraine Nuclear Plant
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant is located in Ukraine
South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant
Location of South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant
Coordinates47°49′0″N 31°13′0″ECoordinates47°49′0″N 31°13′0″E
Construction began1975
Commission dateOctober 18, 1983
Operator(s)National Nuclear Energy Generating Company
Power generation
Units operational3 x 1,000 MW
Annual generation16,746

From before.....

Westinghouse in talks to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine power plants

Sept. 12
Westinghouse Electric Co. is in talks with the Ukraine to supply nuclear fuel for power generation from 2015 to help cut Ukraine's dependence on Russia.
Ukraine said in January it would borrow $6 billion from Russia for new nuclear builds. But Ukraine is rethinking that plan after political unrest developed between the two countries, according to Reuters. All Ukrainian nuclear units are Russian-designed VVER-1000 reactors and use fuel supplied by Russian state nuclear company Rosatom.
Ukrainian-owned energy company Energoatom told Reuters it will start testing fuel from Westinghouse at the third unit of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant in 2015.
Westinghouse and Ukraine first signed a fuel supply deal in 2000, but in 2012, the Westinghouse fuel to the South Ukraine plant was found to be faulty and operations were shut down, the article said.

Definitely something to read and consider the possibilities .You should read the entire piece to really get the significance. )

Has the Largest Nuclear Plant In Europe – Located In Ukraine – Suffered a Major Accident?

Preface by Washington’s Blog:  Investigative journalism requires asking questions in the face of potential cover-ups.  Guest writer George Eliason is asking question, and admitting both that (1) the reports are unconfirmed and (2) he doesn’t have the necessary expertise to render an authoritative opinion on this issue.
But since the stakes are so high, it is worth asking the question.
By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine.
Over the last week more publications including Zero Hedge have started reporting on the possibility of a still developing nuclear problem at the largest nuclear plant in Europe. This news has been widely circulated in Eastern Europe over the last few weeks.
The problem in Ukraine has been and remains verification. Ukrainian sources have not been forthcoming. When this first occurred I was contacted through a 2nd party and told directly after the officially reported transformer incident a radiation spike was observed in Crimea which is 140km away from Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. This spike was small against background radiation but noticeable on a geiger counter. I was also given hacked files of the emergency conversation that happened at the plant that day. They are included at the bottom of the article. The closeness to what is coming to light makes them too close to be ignored.


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Ukraine - Second incident at Zaporizhya in 4 weeks. Largest NPP in Europe, 5th worldwide

Radioactive leak at major Ukrainian nuclear plant – report

Published time: December 30, 2014 18:21
Edited time: December 31, 2014 13:35

Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (image from
Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant (image from
A radioactive leak has been detected at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, a media report says, citing the country’s emergency services. Ukrainian officials have denied the report.
LifeNews published what it claims is a leaked report by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, which denies an earlier assessment by the plant’s authorities that the radiation at the facility is equal to the natural background following an incident on Sunday.
RT is trying to verify the report.
Ukrainian authorities have denied the Russian media report that a radioactive leak had taken place at the plant, Reuters reported.
"The plant works normally, there have been no accidents," an energy ministry official told the news agency. No official comment on whether the leaked documents are authentic has been provided.

Two documents released by LifeNews appear to show that the plant's officials put deliberately misleading information on their website. The documents – both addressed to the head of the regional emergency services – state that radiation levels at the plant on Sunday and Monday were 16.8 times higher than the legally permitted norm.
By Monday, the levels had slightly increased – growing from 16.3 to 16.8 times higher, and Unit 6 was still shut down, the report said, contradicting the plant's statements that the problem had been fixed and that the plant was operating normally.
On Sunday, one reactor at the plant was automatically shut down after a glitch, becoming the second halt in operations in recent weeks. The reactor was running at 40 percent of nominal power, the plant's official website said, adding that radiation at the facility being at the level of 8-12 microroentgens an hour.
The error was later announced to have been corrected, and the troubled unit – Power Block # 6 – was plugged back into the network.
On November 28, Zaporozhye's Unit 3 was switched off for almost a week. The shutdown, which was reportedly caused by a short circuit, was made public five days later, when Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk revealed it during the first meeting of his new Cabinet.
Is it dangerous?
The media report indicated that on December 29 the radiation level at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant was estimated at 0.00505 mSv/yr. According to the World Nuclear Association a typical range of dose rates from medical sources of radiation is 0.3-0.6 mSv/yr. In order to develop radiation sickness, a one-time dose of at least 1,000 to 2,000 mSv would be enough. Meanwhile, between 2,000 and 10,000 mSv in a short-term dose would cause severe radiation sickness with increasing likelihood that this would be fatal.
Regarding the November incident, Ukrainian authorities have contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agency was informed that "a reactor at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant remained safely shut down following a short circuit in the plant’s transformer yard last week," its December 3 statement said.
Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate has said no radioactive materials were released because of the shutdown, the IAEA added. The incident was preliminarily estimated to be a level 0-rated event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, which ranges from 0 to 7.
Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is one of the four nuclear power plants in the country, which together supply a large part of Ukraine's energy needs. The Zaporozhye plant alone, Europe's largest, supplies at least one-fifth of the country’s power needs. It is the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power plant.
In the meantime US nuclear power-plant builder Westinghouse Electric Co. has reached a deal with Ukraine's Energoatom in Brussels to provide fuel to Ukraine to lower Kiev's dependency for supplies from Russia.
The US company says it will “significantly” increase fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants through 2020, according to a statement released Tuesday.
“This increased cooperation between Westinghouse and Energoatom will bring diversification and security of nuclear fuel supplies for Ukraine’s reactor fleet,” the statement reads.
Westinghouse, which has been operating in Ukraine since 2003, says that under terms of the contract, the US firm will employ its global supply chain to “manufacture the fuel and components making use of its facilities in the US and Europe.” No other details were provided.
“Westinghouse looks forward to providing a full range of products and services to Ukraine and the global VVER market with proven experience in digital controls, fuel, refueling, inspection services and plant upgrades and refurbishments,” said Yves Brachet, Westinghouse president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
About 44 percent of power in Ukraine is generated from nuclear facilities, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Earlier this year, Kiev has agreed to extend Westinghouse existing cooperation agreement until 2020.