"We plan to start using Westinghouse fuel in three units over the next year. One unit is currently using it," he told a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.
According to him, the Westinghouse nuclear fuel assemblies are now used in the third unit of the South Ukraine NPP. This fuel is also planned to be employed in the second unit of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant after its life extension in December 2015. Besides, it is planned to start using Westinghouse fuel in the fifth unit of the Zaporizhia NPP.
As reported, Ukraine's Enerhoatom launched the project of qualification of nuclear fuel of Westinghouse in 2000 in order to diversify its supply sources for the nuclear power plants of the country.
In March 2008, Enerhoatom concluded the commercial contract with Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB on supply of three to six Ukrainian NPPs using VVER-1000 type reactors with fresh nuclear fuel in 2011-2015. In 2014, Enerhoatom and Westinghouse agreed to expand the fuel contract and to extend it until 2020.
The nuclear fuel of Westinghouse is currently used only in the South Ukraine NPP. The schedule to expand the utilization of the advanced Westinghouse fuel (TVS-WR) envisages its use in the first, third fourth and fifth units of the Zaporizhia NPP.
Enerhoatom is the operator of all four functioning nuclear power plants in Ukraine. It operates 15 units equipped with pressurized-water reactor with total continuous power output of 13.835 GW.