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Westinghouse and Energoatom sign agreement on starting construction of two power units at KhNPP

Westinghouse and Energoatom begin construction of power units at KhNPP. Photo: energoatom.com.ua

Westinghouse and Energoatom begin construction of power units at KhNPP. Photo: energoatom.com.ua

The American company Westinghouse and Energoatom signed two cooperation agreements providing for the start of implementing projects for constructing two new power units at the Khmelnytskyi NPP using AP1000 technology. It is reported by the outlet Interfax-Ukraine.

One of the agreements provides for purchasing services from an American company for designing power units, the other one—for purchasing a simulator and equipment with a long service life.

Why are Westinghouse AP1000 technologies chosen for constructing NPP units in Ukraine?

Petro Kotin, the Head of NNEGC, explains that in the long term, the use of American technology—a proven generation III+ reactor plant with a capacity of about 1,100 MW with passive safety systems and unique features in terms of standardization, allowing to reduce the time and cost of construction—will enable Energoatom to ensure the highest level of safety, reliable operation of nuclear power generation, its innovativeness, and caring attitude to the environment.

Context. On August 31, SE NNEGC Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a memorandum on completion of the KhNPP-4, where the AP1000 reactor unit would be built, and another four units at other NPPs with the same reactor. The total cost of the completion is estimated at $30 billion.

In June this year, Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a contract for developing and providing license documentation for VVER-440 fuel assemblies for RNPP-1 and RNPP-2.

In September 2020, Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a new contract for the supply of fuel to Ukraine for VVER-440 reactors.

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