Peter Kotin, President of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom and US ConverDyn President Malcolm Critchley signed a confidentiality agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on uranium conversion during the recent 2023 World Nuclear Symposium in London. ConverDyn is a general partnership between the American multinational companies General Atomics and Honeywell, which provides uranium hexafluoride conversion (UF6) and related services to companies operating nuclear power plants in North America, Europe and Asia.
Kotin noted that this cooperation is important for Ukraine, as it opens up the possibility of providing additional services for uranium conversion and diversification of its supply. Future cooperation with ConverDyn includes assistance in increasing its own uranium mining at VostokGOK – Ukraine’s Eastern Mining & Processing Plant – and building a plant to produce uranium hexafluoride. The first consultations on establishing cooperation took place in 2022. ConverDyn then reaffirmed its interest in working together with Energoatom to provide conversion services.
Image: ConverDyn President Malcolm Critchley (L) and Peter Kotin, President of Energoatom (R) at the signing ceremony (courtesy of Energoatom)