Westinghouse announces strategically important partnership with ukrainian enterprise Turboatom
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ukrainian company PJSC Turboatom, one of the world's leading companies in designing and manufacturing of turbines for nuclear, thermal and hydro power plants, to coordinate and cooperate on increasing the capacity of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants.
One of the cooperation domains under this MOU includes gradual improvement of the capacity of VVER-1000 reactors up to 110 percent of the nominal level. There are currently 13 units with VVER-1000 type reactors operating in Ukraine. It has been announced that Westinghouse Electric Company in cooperation with PJSC Turboatom will assist SE “NNEGC “Energoatom” in implementation of this project.
Energoatom President, Yuri Nedashkovsky, described the Memorandum of Understanding as an integral part of his company’s aim to fully exploit existing NPP units, which provide energy safety of the country. “At the present moment this potential is underutilized, though it has a remarkable performance” – said Yuri Nedashkovsky. He has also mentioned that one of the important components of successful cooperation with international organizations is collaboration with Kharkiv enterprise PJSC Turboatom. The collaboration with PJSC Turboatom started with turbine blade replacement for NPP units and expanded to extensive cooperation in construction of Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility and of 2 units of KhNPP.
“This strategic cooperation with Turboatom is an excellent example of how Westinghouse is committed to providing its customer, Energoatom, with innovative technical solutions to further improve plant efficiency and safety,” said Aziz Dag, Westinghouse vice president and managing director. “We also look forward to working with other local Ukrainian suppliers to support Energoatom’s capacity upgrade project.”
In his turn, director general of PJSC Turboatom, Viktor Subbotin, has emphasized that cooperation with Westinghouse and Energoatom presupposes expansion of import substitution program and involvement of other Ukrainian plants. He has also added that they are going to elaborate this initiative together with another Kharkiv plant Elektrotyazhmash by means of NPP powerful engines and generators supply.
Under the Protocol, signed between Energoatom and Turboatom last week, it is also planned to involve Elektrotyazhmash, which is ready to master design and production of powerful engines for Ukrainian NPP circulation pumps. The first order is planned to be carried out for South Ukraine NPP.
Another cooperation domain under this MOU may include expansion of cooperation in the sphere of new units’ completion. In September 2015 Turboatom and Elektrotyazhmash concluded an agreement on a possibility of turbine island equipment joint supply aimed at units 3 and 4 of KhNPP. Under this agreement Turboatom involves Elektrotyazhmash in design and placement of the above mentioned equipment within a framework of existing construction design.
Briefing note: Westinghouse has been present in the Ukrainian market since 1992. It is the world’s biggest nuclear fuel producer for pressurized water reactors (PWR), VVER type reactors, boiling water reactors (BWR) and advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR). Today Westinghouse supplies nuclear fuel to 145 NPPs, out of which 65 are located in Europe. Moreover, the company is the largest supplier of nuclear fuel in Europe and the only alternative producer of nuclear fuel for VVER type reactors.
Cooperation between Energoatom and Westinghouse began under Inter-Governmental Agreement between the USA and Ukraine on qualification of nuclear fuel for Ukraine of 2000 and was extended under Commercial Contract signed in 2008. Since 2005 fuel assemblies, produced by “TVEL” and Westinghouse, have been utilized in the active zone of unit 3 of South Ukraine NPP. On January 30th, 2014 Energoatom and Westinghhouse signed additional agreement on cooperation expansion in the sphere of nuclear fuel supply to Ukrainian NPPs till 2020. The first batch of nuclear fuel, produced by Westinghouse, was supplied to ZNPP in February, 2016. After State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine licenses Robust Westinghouse Fuel Assemblies (FA-WR), which is expected to happen in spring 2016, Energoatom aims to buy 5 fresh fuel batches for South Ukraine NPP (2 batches) and ZNPP (3 batches) from Westinghouse.