14 Jun 2024 15:46

Ukraine's Energoatom to take out of service 1,000 MW nuclear reactor unit for scheduled repair in next few days

MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax) - Ukraine's Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company will take another VVER-1000 nuclear reactor power unit out of service in the coming days as part of the implementation of the scheduled repair campaign for 2024.

"The shortage of generation in the energy system could increase in light of it and the growth of energy consumption in July. But on the other hand, this schedule of repairs will be the thing that enables reducing the length of forced electricity blackouts as much as possible this fall," Ukrainian media outlets quoted the company as saying on social networks.

According to Energoatom, repairs are being conducted at eight power units at the Rovno, South Ukraine and Khmelnitsky nuclear power plants this year.

Repairs are underway in accordance with the repair campaign schedule approved by Energoatom. The schedule was drafted in an optimal way and takes into account all difficulties of the situation surrounding power supply.

"Energoatom has already finished repairs of three power units with the capacity of 2,420 MW in the past few months. The total duration of repairs was decreased by 22.3 days from the planned one thanks to the round-the-clock, highly skilled and efficient work of nuclear scientists. As a result, nuclear power plants generated extra 171.84 million kW of electricity and supported the energy system, reducing the duration of blackouts in June," Energoatom CEO Petr Kotin said.