Westinghouse, Ukraine Close to Nuclear Fuel Deal - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant Portal (7/04/14)
With tensions high between Ukraine and Russia, its traditional supplier of nuclear fuel, Ukrainian media reported that the country is close to a deal to expand its fuel purchases from Westinghouse.
A Westinghouse executive on Friday told the Kyiv Post that the company plans to increase fuel deliveries starting this year through 2020. The company has supplied fuel for two reactors at Yuzhnoukrainsk under a 2008 agreement. The new contract would open additional units in Ukraine’s 15-reactor fleet to Westinghouse sales.
Nuclear plants provide about half of the country’s power, according to the World Nuclear Association. They are all of Russian design, and Russia provides enrichment of Ukrainian uranium and most of the services required for Ukraine’s fuel cycle. The value of potential orders from Westinghouse under a new agreement was not announced. The company’s earlier Ukrainian contract spanned five years and has been estimated at $100 million.
L’Ukraine possède 15 réacteurs de production d’électricité dans 4 centrales nucléaires. ▻http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_des_centrales_nucléaires_d'Ukraine
Il s’agit ici de celle de Sud-Ukraine (Konstantinovka).
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ITAR-TASS : World - Security in threat if decision on US nuclear fuel for Ukraine NPPs political
If Ukraine’s choice of US nuclear company Westinghouse to deliver fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants is a political decision this may pose a threat to security, head of Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko told reporters on Thursday.
Il invoque des incidents qui seraient survenus en 2011-12 à la suite de la fourniture d’assemblages de Westinghouse.
In 2012 the problem was settled as the Ukrainian nuclear watchdog decided to ban further Westinghouse fuel operation upon results of these experiments due to violation of technical requirements.
He also added that if “a decision is taken in line with international logic with a check of reliability and specific tests, all parameters will be observed upon results of these trials, then this is absolutely normal.”
“If this is a political decision, this is really alarming,” he added.
Deux remarques :
• si le nucléaire c’était politique, ça se saurait…
• on ne perd vraiment pas de temps à faire des affaires.