Ukraine has great potential for raising nuclear energy output without building new NPPs - Westinghouse
Ukraine has significant potential to increase power generation at the existing nuclear power plants (NPP) by increasing the coefficient of using their installed capacity, modernization, and investment in these areas will be more effective than construction of new power units, Vice President and Managing Director of Westinghouse Electric Company Aziz Dag considers.
"The most cost effective and fastest way to increase power generation [at Ukrainian NPPs] is reducing downtime periods, extending the operation life of power units and increasing their capacity," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, the program of optimization of this sector, which also includes measures to improve safety, allows to increase the coefficient of using NPPs' installed capacity from 70% to 80-85%, which is the norm in Western Europe, and higher as in some countries this ratio exceeds 90%.
Dag noted after increasing the installed capacity of the existing power units as a result of upgrading each additional megawatt costs significantly cheaper than in construction of power units from the ground, while the total amount of investment in modernization is estimated at about $100 million against billions of dollars for one new power unit.