The state company «Energoatom» decided to support the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant the first batch of nuclear fuel the American company Westinghouse, said in a statement the station.
«In the framework of the diversification of nuclear fuel for Ukrainian NPPs developed by SE «NNEGC «Energoatom», Zaporizhya NPP was delivered the first batch of nuclear fuel of Westinghouse company», — stated in the message.
As noted, nuclear fuel was manufactured at the Westinghouse facilities in Sweden.
«The acceptance of fuel at the Zaporizhzhya NPP was attended by representatives of the company-manufacturer. The input control of fuel without comments», — said the press service.
It is also noted that loading of the new fuel will occur after the approval of the State nuclear regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.
«Her finale will be obtaining approval from the regulatory authority for loading Westinghouse fuel assemblies in the active zone of unit 5, which is scheduled for may 2016», — said in the message.
It is reported that in the plans, if the results of pilot operation, the loading of such fuel will be performed at the power units №3, №4, №1.
As reported, in the framework of the diversification of sources of supply of nuclear fuel for nuclear power stations of Ukraine is planning in 2016 to purchase from Westinghouse more than one third of fuel for nuclear power plants, whereas in the current year, almost all fuel is imported from Russia.
In March 2015 South-Ukrainian nuclear power plant successfully completed the download of the upgraded fuel TVs-WR production Westinghouse on the third unit. In April, the NPP hooked up the unit to the grid in the country.
The head of Westinghouse Danny Roderick said that his company is ready to introduce her fuel for all nuclear power plants of Ukraine.
In turn, the Ministry noted that Ukraine is planning in 2016 to use fuel American-Japanese company Westinghouse on the three pillars of the nuclear stations out of 15.
Energoatom has supplied to Zaporizhzhya NPP the first batch of fuel produced by Westinghouse 22.02.2016