Ukraine’s nuclear energy company Energoatom and nuclear power technology group Westinghouse signed a contract for the development and delivery of licensing documentation for VVER-440 fuel assemblies for Rivne nuclear power plant Unit 2.
The Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko, who was present at the signing, noted that owing to longstanding fruitful cooperation with Westinghouse, Ukraine is well on the way to strengthening energy independence.
“Cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the field of nuclear energy is strategically important for us,” he said. “Ukraine is interested in deepening its partnership with Westinghouse, as diversification of nuclear fuel supply is the foundation of energy security. Furthermore, due to cooperation with a world-class company, we give rise to the development of the domestic nuclear industry.”
For the head of Energoatom, Petro Kotin this contract is an important step forward in diversifying the sources of nuclear fuel supply to Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
“By concluding this contract, Energoatom continued diversification and took another step in enhancing energy security and independence of Ukraine’s energy sector,” he emphasised.
The next step before fuel introduction for VVER-440 reactors at Ukrainian NPPs is its licensing under the requirements of the legislation and regulations of Ukraine.