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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

$360M Facility for Spent Fuel

A $360 million facility to store spent nuclear fuel will be built in the closed Siberian city of Zheleznogorsk, officials said Friday.

Pavel Morozov, spokesman for the city's chemical and metallurgical factory, said work on the $120 million first stage of the facility will start next year.

The facility will be ready to store 10,000 tons by 2006-07 and eventually be able to store 40,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel, according to local news reports.

The new facility, unlike an existing Zheleznogorsk wet storage site in which some 3,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel is stored under a layer of water, will be dry. Dry storage systems are cheaper to operate, are safer and have proven successful in the United States and France, Morozov said.

St. Petersburg's All-Russia Scientific-Research Institute for Energy Technology designed the center, which is to be built by the firm Spetstroi.