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Energoatom announces launching its own production of nuclear fuel

Energoatom announced launching a nuclear fuel assembly line of its own production in Ukraine using Westinghouse technology.

The head of NNEGC Energoatom Petro Kotin reported this during the broadcast of Espreso TV.

"Within two years, together with Westinghouse, we will increase our production and completely fulfill the supply for all of our 15 power units. We are also now launching a line for assembling our own fuel using Westinghouse technology in Ukraine, which takes time, about 3-4 years. There will be two suppliers: Westinghouse and ourselves," Kotin noted.

He clarified that before the war there had been a program to diversify nuclear fuel suppliers for Ukrainian NPPs. According to this program, there should be at least two sources of fuel supply: the share of one participant should not exceed 60%, but not be less than 40%.

In accordance with this program, an agreement was signed with Westinghouse and Russian TVEL for the supply of fuel with Westinghouse and Russian TVEL Fuel Company. The supply shares of the two companies were approximately 50/50. But when the war had started, it was decided to refuse the supply of Russian nuclear fuel, and this was done.

Recall that in November 2021, Energoatom conducted successful tests to simulate the unloading of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) using Holtec International technology at power unit No. 3 of the Rivne NPP.

At the same time, Westinghouse and Energoatom signed two agreements on constructing two new power units at the Khmelnytskyi NPP using AP1000 technology.

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