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US-Ukraine energy partnership to build five new nuclear reactors

  • 21 days ago (2021-09-02)
  • David Flin
Europe 851 Nuclear 522

Ukraine and the USA have agreed to extend to develop a project that will complete Khmelnitsky 4, along with four new AP1000 units. The total value of the project is estimated at $30 billion.

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Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, said: “The participants intend to work to decarbonise Ukraine’s economy and ensure its energy security and export potential by developing and implementing a comprehensive energy sector plan.”

This will include a project between Westinghouse of the USA and Energoatom of Ukraine to jointly complete the fourth reactor at Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant. Originally, this reactor began as a VVER design in 1987, but production stalled. The companies plan to complete it using AP1000 technology but did not explain how the two different PWR designs would be combined.

Energoatom and Westinghouse also plan four new AP1000 units, each with a capacity of around 1150 MW, being built at existing Ukrainian nuclear power plants.