Head of Energoatom presented prospects for introducing SMR technology in Ukraine
Acting President of NNEGC Energoatom Petro Kotin presented to the international community the prospects for introducing small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Ukraine. The online conference was held on July 7-8, 2021 as part of the Eurasia Green Energy and Clean Technology Forum, hosted by the US Department of Commerce.
During the construction of new NPP units in Ukraine, the head of NNEGC Energoatom noted, the Company will give priority to high-power PWR reactors but will also carefully consider small modular reactors, due to the growing need for more flexible in operation and load following capacities of NPPs.
Mr. Kotin informed that Ukrainian specialists are already studying SMR technologies, which are also quite promising given the almost zero carbon emissions, short construction time (up to three years), low capital cost and short return on investment, increased load-following capabilities as well as integration with renewables.
The head of Energoatom also said that recently NNEGC has received a proposal from ARC company (USA) to start cooperation on ARC-100 SMR.
However, it should be remembered, Petro Kotin added, that the introduction of this innovative technology in Ukraine would require the creation of a special regulatory and production base, government program, as well as the efforts of Ukrainian nuclear workers and the industry specific regulator to license newly built SMRs. In addition, this technology requires significant funding (and, accordingly, the search for sources of investment), public consensus on its implementation and highly qualified personnel throughout the entire SMR lifetime.