Skip to content
Edit post

Minister: Ukraine to start building 4 nuclear reactors in 2024

by Vladyslav Kudryk January 26, 2024 1:40 PM 2 min read
Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant photographed on Aug. 31, 2023. (Volodymyr Tarasov/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Ukraine plans to start the construction of four new nuclear reactors this summer or autumn to compensate for the lost capacity of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko told Reuters on Jan. 25.

Before its occupation in March 2022, the Zaporizhzhia plant, the largest nuclear plant in Europe, used to produce more than 40% of nuclear-generated electricity in Ukraine. Today, three nuclear power plants in Ukrainian-controlled territory produce about 55% of the country's electricity needs.

All four new nuclear reactors will be built at the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant, which currently has two units, in western Ukraine. Two new power units will use Russian-made equipment that Ukraine wants to import from Bulgaria. The other two will be based on equipment produced by the American company Westinghouse.

The construction of the third and fourth reactors at the Khmelnytskyi plant began in the 1980s but was put on halt. If Ukraine receives reactor pressure vessels soon, it could have one of the Soviet-era VVER-1000 units ready in two and half years, Halushchenko said.

In parallel, preparatory construction work should start to accommodate two modern Western AP1000 units.

Ukraine will also need to pass legislation on each new unit in parliament.

Energoatom, Ukraine's state nuclear energy company, and Westinghouse signed an agreement in December 2023 to purchase equipment for the Khmelnytskyi plant's fifth unit. It will cost Ukraine $437.5 million.

In total, Ukraine plans to build nine power units using the AP1000 technology, according to government decisions and memorandums signed between Energoatom and Westinghouse.

Throughout the full-scale invasion, the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia station has been repeatedly disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid due to Russian attacks on the country's energy infrastructure.

Five of its units have been in a cold shutdown state recently, while unit four has been kept in a hot shutdown to provide heating and steam for nuclear safety purposes on site, as well as heating for the city of Enerhodar.

IAEA chief to visit Zaporizhzhia plant and Kyiv, Moscow to discuss nuclear safety
After his inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant, IAEA Director Rafael Grossi said he would go to Russia, to engage in a political and technical dialogue with officials there.
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
7:34 PM

Air Force: Ukraine downs another Russian Su-34 jet.

The destruction of the jet is the latest in a recent uptick of downed Russian planes. This list includes 12 Su-34 fighter bombers, two Su-35 fighter jets, and a rare A-50 military spy plane. Another A-50 aircraft was downed a month prior.
3:36 PM

Slovak FM meets Lavrov in Turkey.

Slovakian Foreign Minister Juraj Blanar met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Turkey on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey, on March 2.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.