Energoatom Inspects V.C. Summer Parts

Call it the year’s most extraordinary yard sale. In a recent working trip to the United States, the head of Ukraine’s National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (Energoatom) visited Westinghouse Electric’s equipment warehouses in South Carolina to check out large components once designated for the now abandoned V.C. Summer expansion project. The purpose of the visit was to scout out components that would be useful at the Khmelnytskyy Nuclear Power Plant using U.S. AP1000 technology.

V.C. Summer components“We inspected the main manufactured equipment of the AP1000 reactor unit, which is stored … and ready for shipment,” said Energoatom chief Petrol Kotin “We certified that the storage conditions are satisfactory and the products are in excellent condition. Most critical equipment is stored under a nitrogen cushion. Complete kit for reactor island available,” he said.

Kolin pointed out that construction time for the Khmelnytskyy plant would be significantly reduced by buying components off the shelf, “as we do not need to spend time on the production of this equipment.”

Discussions on the possible purchases are planned for meetings in Kyiv next week, Energoatom said. As of last week, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by Kotin and Westinghouse President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Fragman.

According to World Nuclear Association, the Khmelnyskyy Unit 4 reactor “started out as a VVER design in 1987, but construction stalled at 28 percent completion.”

The V.C. Summer expansion project was canceled in 2017.

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