Schemes published an investigation into procurement for the construction of the CSFSF

Journalists of the "Schemes" project have published an investigation into a change of contractor during the construction of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) without a tender. According to Schemes, the NNEGC Energoatom has concluded a non-public agreement with the BK KBR LLC for UAH 422 million. The relevant investigation was published by the journalists of the "Schemes" project, referring to the audio recording of the officials' conversation.

According to the journalists, the NNEGC Energoatom selected a construction contractor without a tender. According to Schemes, the NNEGC Energoatom has signed this non-public contract for UAH 422 million with the BK KBR LLC, which had no previous experience in building such facilities.

Also, with the help of tax data, "Schemes" claim that on December 17- 21, 2020, the Ukrenergomontazh LLC , the previous subcontractor of the construction, received an additional UAH 22 million on the radiation monitoring system from the BK KBR LLC as a new contractor. Journalists, referring to the audio recording, point out that these costs were not targeted, as the system had already been purchased, but through the Ukrbudmontazh LLC as the former contractor.

According to the analytical system YouControl, the the BK KBR LLC, with which the NNEGC Energoatom has signed a non- public contract, belongs to Dmitry Nesteruk, the main activity is the construction of residential and non-residential premises. In 2022, the the BK KBR LLC won four tenders worth UAH 1 million on the Prozorro e-procurement portal, whih were held by the Supreme Court, ordered maintenance of automatic fire extinguishing systems, audiovisual and optical equipment, air conditioning and access control systems.

Also, in 2021 the company won the tender from the State Specialized Enterprise “Central Enterprise for Management of Radioactive Waste” (SSE “CEMRW”) for the reconstruction of 110/10 kV Substation "Buryakivka" on the territory of the production complex "Vector" in the exclusion zone, for UAH 8.6 million. The former contractor at the CSFNF did not fulfill his obligations - the NNEGC Energoatom's response to the investigation The NNEGC Energoatom responded to accusations by journalists of the Schemes project of possible delays in the construction of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) and a change in the general contractor. The nuclear company stated that the former contractor, the Ukrbudmontazh LLC, did not fulfill its obligations, so the NNEGC Energoatom was forced to sign a contract with the BK KBR LLC.

The NNEGC Energoatom points out that inspection on the Ukrbudmontazh LLC revealed numerous violations of the estimated cost, quality and volume of work performed, and all materials were handed over to law enforcement agencies during the pre-trial investigation. "Given the strategic importance of the CSFSF, the inadmissibility of defective and low-quality components in its construction, as well as to save about $ 200 million by stopping the export of spent nuclear fuel to Russia, it was decided to take all possible measures to complete construction of the CSFSF as soon as possible,“ explained the NNEGC Energoatom on the conclusion of a contract with the BK KBR LLC as a new counterparty.

In particular, the press center noted that the contract with the new contractor is a secret document, as it lists measures for physical protection and radiation safety. The NNEGC Energoatom summed up that the construction of the CSFSF is currently completed, cold tests are underway and it is expected that 3 containers of spent nuclear fuel from South-Ukraine NPP will be delivered there in the third 10- day period of April 2022.

18:00 / 23 January 2022

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