Ukraine will build Westinghouse reactors
September 01, 2021

Ukraine will build Westinghouse reactors

A Memorandum of Cooperation between Ukraine’s Energoatom and Westinghouse envisages significant expansion of Ukraine’s nuclear capacity with four Westinghouse AP1000 reactors built at established sites.

Before that, a pilot project will be joint completion of Khmelnitsky unit 4, a part-built Russian VVER-1000 reactor about one quarter complete. It will now have some AP1000 components. The agreement covering the five reactors is valued at about $30 billion and could lead to 70% of Ukraine’s electricity being from nuclear power, similar to France today.

50% of the electricity of Ukraine comes from nuclear energy

The agreement, informs World Nuclear News, is subsidiary to a government-level one on enhancing bilateral energy and climate cooperation involving “a comprehensive energy sector plan, one that provides for mutually beneficial cooperation in nuclear energy, solar and wind energy, hydrogen, energy storage, carbon capture utilisation and storage, cyber and physical security, and other supply and demand-side technologies.”

Today, Ukraine has 15 reactors under operation and two more in construction. In 2020 nuclear energy produced 50% of the electricity of the country.

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