Energoatom, Westinghouse agree on joint project for Ukrainian NPPs’ efficiency upgrade

Energoatom, Westinghouse agree on joint project for Ukrainian NPPs’ efficiency upgradeThis program will increase output, profitability and will provide for Energoatom more opportunities to export electricity to the EU.

The National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom and US-Japanese Westinghouse agreed to launch an efficiency program for Ukrainian NPPs. Its implementation will increase the capability of Ukrainian power stations to work in the Grid, the Energoatom press service reports.

‘As a result, the efficiency of Ukrainian nuclear power plants will increase, and the level of safety will meet international best practices and standards of the EU,’ the statement says.

These agreements were reached during the talks between Energoatom’s president Yuri Nedashkovska and Westinghouse Electric’s head Jose Emeterio Gutierrez on September, 28.

In addition, as part of the diversification of NPP fuel supply sources, Ukraine plans to buy over a third nuclear fuel from Westinghouse to the end of 2016, while in 2015 almost all the fuel had been supplied from Russia.

Previously, Westinghouse announced about its readiness to provide fuel for Ukrainian NPPs. In turn, the Ukrainian energy ministry reported that, in 2016, Ukraine plans to use Westinghouse’s fuel in three of 15 domestic NNPs’ blocks.

Earlier, Energoatom informed that Westinghouse’s fuel tested on the third unit of South-Ukrainian NPP over last year, has not received negative comments.
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