US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has announced a new contract with Ukraine’s nuclear utility Energoatom. Under the agreement, Westinghouse will provide AP1000 plant technical information in support of Energoatom’s feasibility study update for the construction of two AP1000 reactors at its Khmelnytsky NPP (units 5&6). “We stand ready to provide our AP1000 plant technology and equipment in Ukraine and are continually inspired by our strategic partners’ unwavering determination and resilience,” Westinghouse said.
“We are pleased to take this important next step in support of our commitment to build new AP1000 units at Khmelnytsky NPP. We value our partnership with Westinghouse to work collaboratively and expeditiously to achieve key project milestones,” said Energoatom President Petro Kotin.
“These are significant steps for Ukraine’s energy independence," said David Durham, President, Westinghouse Energy Systems. “We stand ready to provide our AP1000 plant technology and equipment in Ukraine and are continually inspired by our strategic partners’ unwavering determination and resilience.”
In June 2022, Westinghouse and Energoatom signed three agreements for Westinghouse to supply all nuclear fuel for the Energoatom operating fleet in Ukraine and to build nine AP1000 plants across the country and to establish a Westinghouse Engineering and Technical Centre in Ukraine.
The AP1000 plant is a Gen III+ reactor featuring unique fully passive safety systems, modularised standard design, and industry-leading operability performance and load following capability. The design and build of the AP1000 plants will leverage significant US-Ukraine industrial cooperation, featuring content from supply chains in both countries.
Image: Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant (photo courtesy of Energoatom)