Yuriy Nedashkovsky, President of NNEGC “Energoatom”, and Edward McGinnis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy, U.S. DOE, discussed the progress of implementation of Westinghouse nuclear fuel at Zaporizhzhya NPP during their visit to ZNPP on June 15, 2016 when the first loading of RWFA (Robust Westinghouse Fuel Assemblies) started. Andrew Vogt, Director of the U.S.DOE Office in Ukraine, and Igor Bodnar, a representative of Argonne National Laboratory, top managers of ZNPP also observed the process of loading the fuel assemblies into the core at the ZNPP-5 control room.
The issues discussed at the meeting covered diversification of nuclear fuel supplies for Ukrainian nuclear power plants, schedules of Westinghouse fuel deliveries and loading at Zaporizhzhya NPP, activities for preparation of in-core monitoring system, which is produced by Westinghouse in cooperation with Ukrainian Research and Production Association “Impulse”, for monitoring the core containing Westinghouse fuel.
Mr. McGinnis commented that the main purpose of his visit was to demonstrate strengthening of the partnership with the government and people of Ukraine. Furthermore, Mr. McGinnis noted that his visit coincided with the very important event – loading of the fresh fuel supplied by the alternative nuclear fuel manufacturer for Ukraine which is an important step made by Energoatom towards enhancement of the national energy security of Ukraine.
Note. Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest energy facility in Ukraine and Europe having installed capacity of 6 000 MW. ZNPP’s Unit 1 was commissioned in 1984, Unit 2 – in 1985, Unit 3 – in 1986, Unit 4 – in 1987, Unit 5 – in 1989, Unit 6 – in 1995. Since 1984 the contribution of Zaporizhzhya NPP into Ukraine’s energy system grew from 2 up to 22 per cent.