By BBC Monitoring
Ukrainian nuclear atomic energy company Enerhoatom has signed deals with the American nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric Company on the construction of nine nuclear power units and supply of nuclear fuel, Ukraine's Energy Ministry said on Facebook on 3 June.
The three deals were signed by Enerhoatom head Petro Kotin and Westinghouse CEO Patrick Fragman on 2 June.
According to the agreements, the number of NPP power units to be built in Ukraine using AP1000 technology will be increased from five to nine.
"These are new generation reactors with the best performance in the industry and the ability to operate in manoeuvring mode," the ministry said.
"We will modernise our nuclear power units, which will produce clean, safe and reliable energy without any Russian influence. In the future, Ukraine may become a key exporter of electricity to Europe," Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko was quoted as saying.
An agreement was also reached to increase the supply of nuclear fuel for the needs of Ukrainian NPPs. It will be supplied from the Westinghouse production site in Sweden, while nuclear fuel rods will be produced in Ukraine.
The companies also plan to establish a Westinghouse engineering and technical centre in Ukraine, which will support the construction and operation of AP1000 power units, as well as the future decommissioning of Ukrainian NPPs.
"We consider the establishment of a powerful Westinghouse engineering and technical centre with Enerhoatom in Ukraine as trust and recognition of the high level of our own nuclear science, qualifications of Ukrainian nuclear engineers and a strong foundation for the development of Ukraine's nuclear energy for decades to come," Halushchenko said.
Ukraine completely abandoned Russian nuclear fuel after the invasion on 24 February. The country has 15 power units at four NPPs.
Source: Facebook in Ukrainian 0806 gmt 3 Jun 22