Hartmut Jacob, Vice-President of the State Enterprise NNEGC Energoatom, believes that there are at least four ways to invest in the project for completing the construction of power units No.3 and No.4 of Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant, the press service reports.
Moreover, all these methods can be used both separately and in various combinations, he assures. The key feature of these investment instruments is that they allow such large-scale projects to be carried out without getting into the pocket of taxpayers.
“We use legal tools that are widely used in the financial sector of Europe and other civilized countries. These tools work, they are mutually beneficial and allow such powerful companies as Energoatom not only to steadily carry out operational activities but also to invest in the future, in other words, in the development of a strategic industry – nuclear energy, ”says Jacob.
Therefore, funds for the completion of power units No.3 and No.4, and then for the construction of four new units at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, according to Jacob, must be found, but it is not necessary to allocate money from the state budget. The Vice President of Energoatom lists only some of the achievable tools for raising funds, including the inclusion of an investment component in the cost of an atomic kilowatt-hour, funds from the export of Ukrainian nuclear energy to Europe, large-scale lending for the project from the world's leading banks, as well as vendor financing – agreements with equipment suppliers on leasing in exchange for long-term supply of the supplier with orders.
“We are confident that the issue of financing the project for the completion of the X-3 and X-4 is completely in our hands. We only needed political will, and the current leadership of the country has it,” says Hartmut Jakob.
As a reminder, at the end of September debts to Energoatom amounted to more than UAH 22 billion.
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