At the international conference Nuclear capabilities for the country’s development, Ukraine’s state enterprise Energoatom and US manufacturing company Westinghouse signed agreements on the construction of two new nuclear power units at the Khmelnytskyy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) site.
Upon signing the agreements, Energoatom’s head Petro Kotin acquainted the audience with the plan for the development of the nuclear industry until 2040.
“Our goal is 24 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear capacity by 2040,” he said. “We are going to do it by our specialist’s efforts, as well as with the help of our international partners.”
“We are very happy to give another momentum of our cooperation,” added Westinghouse CEO, Patrick Fragman. “Ukraine has about half of electricity generated from nuclear power. Westinghouse is supplying close to half of the fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants, and we are looking for AP1000 reactors to appear here. Ukraine is facing a large number of challenges in nuclear energy and should gradually decommission Russian-type reactors and build new plants. We can help develop carbon-free technologies and maintain high standards of nuclear safety.”
The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies was signed earlier in September.