Westinghouse and Energoatom Sign Contract For First AP1000 In Ukraine
One more recent news highlights the commitment and the interest of Ukraine in the deployment of new nuclear reactors in the country, to boost the decarbonisation of the Ukrainian energy mix and to support an effective energy transition.
Following the previous exclusive agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to multiple sites in the eastern European country, Westinghouse Electric Company (ENS Corporate Member) and Energoatom signed a contract in Kyiv, Ukraine, outlining the details of their agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000® reactors to Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant.
This agreement initiates engineering and procurement of long-lead items for the first Westinghouse AP1000 unit at the Khmelnytskyi site.
Construction of new power units is essential for energy independence of our country. Moreover, we are becoming the driving force that will pave the way for Europe to carbon neutrality.
said Petro Kotin, Energoatom President.
Energoatom, the state-owned nuclear utility of Ukraine, operates the country’s fleet of 15 commercial nuclear power plants, which in 2020 provided about 51% of the country’s electricity production share.
Westinghouse AP1000 technology is the only Generation III+ reactor technology licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and in several countries in Europe and Asia. Four AP1000 units are in commercial operation in China and two more are nearing completion at the Vogtle site in the US. Moreover, this technology has been selected for a six-unit project in India and is under consideration by several countries all around the world.
Energoatom recently showed an arising interest in advanced nuclear technologies and small modular reactors projects (SMRs), signing a memorandum of understanding with the SMR developer NuScale to explore the possible deployment of this technology in Ukraine.
Read the Westinghouse Press Release.