Westinghouse to Supply Fuel for Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants

Ukraine’s state nuclear company announced that it signed a fuel supply deal with the U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse to end the country’s reliance on Russian supplies.

The agreement will also see Westinghouse increasing the number of new nuclear units it will build in Ukraine to nine from an earlier five, and the company will establish an engineering center in the country.

Ukraine currently has four working nuclear power stations, the largest of which, in Zaporizhzhia, fell under Russian control days after the Russian invasion was launched in February but it is still operated by Ukrainian technicians.

With the deal, Westinghouse will supply fuel to all of Ukraine’s nuclear plants.

Around a half of all Ukraine’s electricity comes from nuclear power and the country’s Energy Minister Halushchenko said in the future Ukraine could also be a supplier of electricity to Europe.

Halushchenko further stated that they would modernize their nuclear power units to produce clean, safe and reliable energy without any Russian input and influence.

Ukraine’s state atomic energy company Energoatom also denied reports that it might shut down the Zaporizhzhia plant if Kyiv loses control of operations at the facility.

Ukraine has repeatedly raised safety concerns about the plant since Russia’s invasion began on Feb. 24. On Friday, it warned that it was running out of spare parts.

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