Russia to deliver new type of nuclear fuel to Ukraine

Publish date: August 4, 2003

The nuclear fuel delivery should take place according to a supplement of the contract between the Russian TVEL company and Ukrainian Energoatom signed on July 11th.

TVEL, a Russian corporation specialised in nuclear fuel supplies, together with Ukraine’s Energoatom, the national nuclear energy generating company, signed a supplement to contract on supplies of nuclear fuel for new power units in Khmelnytsky and Rivne nuclear power plants. The supplements provide for new arrangements under which Energoatom will pay TVEL $100m lent by Alpha-Bank to Ukraine, a TVEL official told Interfax. The new type fuel rods are made of new alloy and better quality cladding, which provide better air-tightness, maximum heat transfer and reliability. Aside from that, usage of new type fuel rods reduce refuelling time and radiation . The TVEL corporation has been delivering nuclear fuel for one billion dollars to Ukraine during the past five years. All operating nuclear power units in Ukraine use the Russian fuel. They generate 75 billion KW/h, which is more than 50% of all electricity produced in Ukraine.