Unloading of spent nuclear fuel from Kursk submarine nearing completion

ST. PETERSBURG. 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 perished.

Zdroj: Interfax