Demchyshyn: completion of two reactors of Khmelnytsky NPP would not start soon, analysis required
The completion of two reactors of Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant (NPP) would not start soon, Energy and Coal Industry Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn has said.
He said that first an analysis of expediency of the completion of the reactors on the existing structures should be conducted.
"The completion of Khmelnytsky NPP would not start in the near term… We need to receive additional information from experts on expediency of the realization of the project with the existing structures," he said at a meeting of the profile parliamentary committee.
As reported, in November 2015, President of National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom Yuriy Nedashkovsky said that Skoda (the Czech Republic) had confirmed its readiness to participate in completing reactors three and four of Khmelnytsky NPP.
He said that Energoatom has prepared and agreed the feasibility study for the completion of the reactors using the Skoda systems with all interested agencies.
The negotiations on the commercial conditions of cooperation with Skoda were initiated by the denouncement of the agreement on completing Khmelnytsky NPP's reactors with Russia.
Nedashkovsky said that the completion of reactors three and four of Khmelnytsky NPP could cost around EUR 4 billion.
In late January 2016, t he Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine sent a letter on the additional study of expediency to finish construction of reactors of Khmelnytsky NPP with existing structures to Energoatom and national energy company Ukrenergo.
Energoatom is the operator of all four Ukrainian-based operating nuclear power plants, which have 15 VVER reactors with an overall generating capacity of 13.835 gigawatts.