Energy Ministry discloses details of Ukraine-Westinghouse project

21 February, 01:03 PM
Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

The Ukrainian government and U.S. nuclear company Westinghouse have already begun cooperating in some areas, the Ukrinform news agency quoted Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko as saying on Feb.20.

According to the minister, the government has already signed off on a project to construct new nuclear reactors at Ukrainian plants.

“This project exists, it has been signed,” he said.

“Indeed, it’s in the stage of implementation. We’ve taken the appropriate decision to prepare design documentation for this. The memorandum provides for the construction of nine such reactors, but now we’re talking about the first stage – for the first time, two reactors (will be built) under the U.S. Westinghouse’s technology. These are the reactors produced by the Westinghouse company, they are of high power.”

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Halushchenko emphasized that the construction of one reactor takes up to five years.

“We’ll continue to decommission old Russian technologies, that’s what we’re going to do,” the minister said.

“But this won’t solve the issue for the next heating season (due to the Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure), so we say this is a strategy.”

A contract between national nuclear power company Energoatom and the U.S. Westinghouse Electric Company to develop an updated feasibility study for the construction of two AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnytskyi nu-clear power plant was signed in July 2022.

In January 2023, the Ukrainian government approved an order to organize construction of the two more reactors.

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