23.02.2016_No37 / News in Brief

First Shipment Of Westinghouse Fuel Delivered To Ukraine’s Zaporozhye

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23 Feb (NucNet): The first shipment of Westinghouse-made nuclear fuel for Russian-designed pressurised water reactors (VVERs) has been delivered to Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power station in the southeast of the country, Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom said. 

The Zaporozhye nuclear power station in Ukraine.

The assemblies were manufactured at a Westinghouse facility in Sweden, the statement said.

Energoatom said it plans to load the new fuel into the 1,000-MW Zaporozhe-5 reactor during a scheduled outage in May 2016.

The company also said it expects to use the new fuel for Units 1, 3, and 4 if the results from Unit 5 allow for it.

Westinghouse confirmed today that in 2016 it is delivering five reloads to nuclear power plants in Ukraine, a contract for which was signed in 2014.

The South Ukraine-2 and South Ukraine-3 nuclear units already operate using Westinghouse fuel under a 2008 fuel supply agreement, which was extended to 2020 in April 2014.

Zaporozhye’s six operational VVER-1000 units currently use fuel supplied by Russia’s TVEL.

In June 2015, Westinghouse received a €2m ($2.2m) grant from a European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) funding programme for a Euratom project to establish security of supply of nuclear fuel for Russian-designed reactors in the EU.

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