In January next year, Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant will reach its full design capacity for the first time in its history. This will happen after completing scheduled repairs at ZNPP power units and thanks to the commissioning of a 750 kV power transmission line from ZNPP to Kakhovska substation. The head of NNEGC Energoatom Petro Kotin announced this during a working visit to ZNPP on December 23.
Petro Kotin noted that Energoatom had completed a large-scale investment project, which the Company had been implementing jointly with NPC Ukrenergo. On December 23, 2020, at the Zaporizhzhia NPP site, a new power transmission line to Kakhovska substation with a length of 186 km was launched.
At ZNPP power unit No. 5, planned medium repairs are coming to an end, during which routine and super-routine works have been carried out to improve the power unit's safety.
“The process of extending the life of the power unit is at the final stage. All activities are carried out according to the schedule. Therefore, we are confident that in January 2021 at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe – Zaporizhzhia NPP – all six power units will be in operation,” said Petro Kotin.
And this is of great importance not only for improving the reliability of power supply in the southern part of the IPS of Ukraine but also for the future synchronization with the European ENTSO-E.
Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest energy facility in Ukraine and Europe with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW. The first power unit was commissioned in 1984, the second – in 1985, the third – in 1986, the fourth – in 1987, the fifth – in 1989, the sixth – in 1995. Since 1984, the contribution of Zaporizhzhia NPP to the country's energy sector has increased from 2 to 23% (due to the insufficient transmission capacity of the three operating power lines, Zaporizhzhia NPP could produce a maximum of 5300 MW instead of the possible 6000 MW)
Earlier, Energoatom told about plans to increase the share of Westinghouse fuel at Ukrainian nuclear power plants.