Energoatom and US Holtec agree to build 20 nuclear power units in Ukraine
The Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom and the US company Holtec International have signed an agreement on the construction of up to 20 nuclear power units with SMR-160 reactors in Ukraine
The Energoatom press service reported the news on Facebook.
On April 21, Energoatom’s President Petro Kotin and Holtec International’s President and CEO Kris Singh signed an agreement on cooperation in the deployment of small modular reactors.
Kotin signed the treaty in Kyiv and Singh signed it in Camden, New Jersey, USA. Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko and Holtec International Vice President of Ukraine operations Riaz Awan also attended the ceremony.
Energoatom explained that the agreement provides for the construction of up to 20 SMR-160 reactors in Ukraine. The first pilot project is scheduled to be implemented by March 2029, as well as reaching the minimum regulated reactor capacity and grid connection.
It is noted that the construction of small modular reactors will help strengthen Ukraine's energy security and help replace the thermal power capacities destroyed by Russian attacks.
For reference. The SMR-160 is a 160 MWe light water pressurized reactor that uses low-enriched uranium as fuel and has the flexibility to produce process heat for industrial use and hydrogen production.
On April 12, Energoatom signed an agreement with the Canadian company SAMESO that will allow the implementation of a program to use uranium in the production of nuclear fuel for Ukrainian NPPs.