US Energy giant Westinghouse to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine next year

Publish date: November 24, 2004

The Yuzhna Nuclear Power Station in southern Ukraine will begin experimental use of six Westinghouse-supplied nuclear fuel cartridges at reactor no. 3 next summer.

The Interfax news agency reported about that on October 28. The fuel will be delivered not before the next summer when the third reactor will undergo repairs. The Westinghouse representatives completed installation of the nuclear assemblies monitoring system. This system is necessary, as the American nuclear fuel assemblies are different from the Russian ones. The tests of the American monitoring system will undergo at the same time with the operating Russian nuclear fuel monitoring system.

Currently, the Russian Corporation TVEL supplies all the fuel used by all the 15 Ukrainian reactors. Ukraine is considering the USA as alternative nuclear fuel supplier. It was planned to test US fuel last year, but the project was dragged out.

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