Ukraine to Acquire Nuclear Reactors from Bulgaria for Khmelnytsky NPP

by Cheplyk Roman
Friday, March 22, 2024
Ukraine to Acquire Nuclear Reactors from Bulgaria for Khmelnytsky NPP

Ukraine is set to finalize an agreement in June for the purchase of two nuclear reactors from Bulgaria, intended for the Khmelnytsky Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)

This strategic acquisition aims to offset the diminished capacity resulting from the loss of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, according to Petro Kotin, the head of Energoatom, as reported by Reuters.

The reactors, originally developed with Russian technology, will be imported from Bulgaria and installed at the Khmelnytskyi NPP. Kotin disclosed that ongoing negotiations between the Ukrainian and Bulgarian governments are expected to culminate in June with the signing of contracts for this crucial equipment.

Preparations at the Khmelnytsky NPP site for the first reactor are projected to be completed by June, allowing for immediate installation. Provided the reactor is delivered as scheduled, Energoatom anticipates initiating the commissioning process within two to three years. This timeframe also accommodates the manufacturing of a turbine for the power unit, with Energoatom engaging in preliminary talks with General Electric regarding its construction.

The installation timeline for the second reactor remains unspecified by Kotin. He mentioned that Bulgaria initially quoted $600 million for the two reactors but has since sought to increase the price. According to Kotin, outside of Bulgaria, Russia is the only other source for this equipment.

This development signifies a pivotal step in Ukraine's efforts to rebuild its nuclear energy capabilities, demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity and strategic diversification of its energy infrastructure.

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