Ukraine-US Construction of a Small Nuclear Reactor

by Olha Povaliaieva
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Ukraine-US Construction of a Small Nuclear Reactor

The parties are preparing a project for the construction of an alternative and environmentally friendly energy system in Ukraine to replace that Russia destroyed

As part of the 27th UN Climate Conference, US presidential climate change envoy John Kerry and Ukrainian energy minister Herman Galushchenko announced a joint project to build a small modular reactor in Ukraine. Its construction is faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the construction and operation of a conventional nuclear reactor, which already exists in Ukraine and has become an instrument of nuclear blackmail for the occupiers.

"While the Russian barbarians are waging an unjust war against us and trying to destroy our civilian infrastructure, Ukraine is not only working to protect and quickly repair/replace the destroyed but is already planning to build an innovative energy system," Ukrainian ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova.

The power of a small reactor is equal to a 3rd of that of a standard nuclear reactor — up to 300 MW(e) per module. The advantage is its mobility: power units can be dismantled, transported and reassembled at another plant in another location. In addition, the small size of modular reactors allows them to be placed in places that cannot accommodate a standard nuclear power plant. In this way, it will be possible to balance the deployment of reactors across the country and secure the Ukrainian energy system.

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