Unloading of spent nuclear fuel from Kursk submarine
Feb 18 (Interfax-Northwest) - The effort to unload spent
nuclear fuel from the second reactor of the nuclear
submarine Kursk is expected to end on Tuesday at Nerpa
ship-repair facility in Snezhnogorsk, Murmansk region.
Russian Northern Fleet experts are to unload the
remaining four nuclear fuel elements by 10 p.m. on
Monday, chief engineer of the facility Rostislav Rimdenok
told Interfax on Monday.
A total of 398 elements should be removed from the bow
and stern reactors - 199 from each.
Rimdenok said that after the unloading is completed the
power installations of the submarine will be examined.
This is expected to take about a week. Simultaneously
Nerpa experts will prepare the Imandra floating base on
which the spent fuel is loaded for departure.
The Kursk sank on August 12, 2000 in the Barents Sea
after a torpedo exploded aboard. All 118 submariners