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Energoatom to be a cornerstone of country’s energy security and independence – Prime Minister

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02.11.2021

On November 2, 2021, during a working visit to Zaporizhzhya region, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal got acquainted with the activities of SS «Zaporizhzhya NPP» of SE NNEGC «Energoatom», being the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. The possibility of further safe operation of Zaporizhzhya NPP power units in the repeated extension of service life will be an important contribution to strengthening the country's energy security, – said the Prime Minister. Energoatom’s head Petro Kotin acquainted the government delegation with the operation of the nuclear power plant and told about the readiness of the Ukrainian nuclear industry for the heating season.

«Energoatom has completed 100% of activities to operate in the heating season. In particular, 117 such activities were carried out to prepare ZNPP for operation during 2021/2022 heating season,» Mr. Kotin noted.

Likewise, Energoatom’s head told the Prime Minister about the prospects of constructing new nuclear power units as well as the assistance provided by nuclear power workers to our healthcare professionals in the fight against coronavirus disease – namely, almost free oxygen supply to the hospital. After all, Zaporizhzhya NPP is also one of the three nuclear power plants in Ukraine producing medical oxygen for the needs of Ukrainian hospitals to save patients with COVID-19 who need oxygen support.

Prime Minister Denys Shmygal thanked Energoatom's management for the safe operation and efficient preparation of power units for the cold weather by noting that the Ukrainian government has high hopes for Ukraine's nuclear energy to ensure Ukraine's energy stability and independence.