12 Dec 2023 13:33

Bill on construction of Khmelnitsky NPP's Units 3 and 4 to be submitted to Verkhovna Rada soon - Energoatom

MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian government will soon submit a bill to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration, proposing a project to complete the construction of Units 3 and 4, with a capacity of over 1,000 MW each, at the Khmelnitsky Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Energoatom President Pyotr Kotin said.

"Draft legislation on completing these power units is now in the government. It will be forwarded to parliament within the next few days," Ukrainian media quoted Kotin as saying during the national telethon on Monday.

There is already the government's decision that allows Energoatom to start building the Khmelnitsky NPP's Units 5 and 6, which will rely on the AP1000 technology of U.S. company Westinghouse, Kotin said.

As reported, Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a number of agreements at the Khmelnitsky NPP in June 2022, paving the way for nuclear fuel deliveries to all NPPs in Ukraine, including their future power units, and for raising the number of AP1000 reactors to be built in Ukraine from five, as agreed in 2021, to nine.

In early March 2023, Energoatom stopped buying any nuclear fuel from Russia, starting to replace it fully with Westinghouse fuel.