Westinghouse Electric Company and NNEGC Energoatom signed a contract for the supply of nuclear fuel for the VVER-440 reactors of the Rivne NPP on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The parties also signed a letter of intent to further study the localization of the production of components for fuel and assembly parts in Ukraine. Atomenergomash, a division of Energoatom, is currently qualifying for the production of VVER-1000 bottom nozzles and top nozzles for Westinghouse fuel.
“We are glad that Energoatom has once again demonstrated its confidence in Westinghouse and the nuclear fuel supplied by the company. We continue to enhance the energy security of Ukraine and strive to participate in the improvement of its nuclear fleet. As a strategic partner, Westinghouse will continue to support Energoatom in its strengthening and related expertise,” Patrick Fragman, President and CEO of Westinghouse stressed.
The company recalled that Westinghouse nuclear fuel for VVER-1000 is already used in six Ukrainian nuclear reactors. In turn, the latest generation of VVER-440 fuel assemblies provides fuel economy, excellent performance and reliability, meeting high safety and quality standards.