Ukraine’s nuclear industry is ready for the heating season, according to Petro Kotin, the Head of National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom. He made the statement during the visit of Prime Minister Denys Shmygal to Zaporizhzhya—Europe’s largest nuclear power station which is run by Energoatom.
“Energoatom has completed 100 per cent of activities to operate in the heating season,” noted Mr Kotin. “In particular, 117 such activities were carried out to prepare ZNPP for operation during 2021/2022 heating seasons.”
The prospects of constructing new nuclear power units also featured during the Prime Minister’s visit as means to strengthen the country’s energy security amidst soaring energy prices and shortage of natural gas supplies in Europe.
Prime Minister Shmygal emphasised that “the Ukrainian government has high hopes for Ukraine’s nuclear energy to ensure Ukraine’s energy stability and independence”.
Earlier in July, Mr Petro Kotin presented to the international community the possibility of introducing small modular reactor technology in Ukraine, due to the growing need for more flexible operation and load following capacities of NPPs.