Petro Kotin: The Construction of KhNPP Power Units 3 and 4 is the Future of Ukraine
On August 07, Acting President of SE “NNEGC “Energoatom” visited Khmelnytskyi NPP.
First, Petro Kotin examined the sites of KhNPP power units 3 and 4, the decision on completing the construction of which shall be finally approved by the end of this year, and the outdoor switchgear 750/330 kV. Besides, he had a meeting with the personnel and a meeting with SS KhNPP contracting organization management, as well as a visiting meeting of the balancing committee following the results of Khmelnytskyi NPP operation in the first half of 2020. Herman Halushchenko, Vice-President of the Company, and leading specialists of Energoatom and Khmelnytskyi NPP participated in the meeting.
Recently the Company has been working under the conditions of a decrease in the forecast balance of production resulted in balance limitations, power reduction of operating nuclear power units, and their disconnection from the grid, emphasized Petro Kotin. As a consequence Energoatom suffered significant losses – UAH 2.3 billion for 7 months of the current year. In the energy market, according to Acting President of Energoatom, a situation had arisen when the largest energy generating company of Ukraine simply did not receive money for produced electricity, and, as well, operated in the load-limited mode.
As of September 07, out of 15 power units of four NPPs in Ukraine only 10 are in operation: four are in the outage, one is put into reserve, and two are operating with the limitations. “I hope that from now on the shameful practice of reserving the nuclear power generating capacities will stop, and all our power units will operate in the normal mode”, said Petro Kotin, Acting President of SE “NNEGC “Energoatom”.
Andrii Koziura, Director General of Khmelnytskyi NPP, summed up the results of the enterprise work, reported on the implementation of the financial plan for the first half of 2020, and provided the information regarding the current state of operations, maintenance etc. He also outlined the immediate tasks, which include the outage of KhNPP power unit 2. In turn, Acting President of Energoatom approved the positive results of the work of KhNPP staff.
During the meeting with the plant personnel, managers of the main process shops and departments, Petro Kotin pointed out the goal-oriented work of the Company aimed at implementation of the investment project “Power Bridge “Ukraine – EU” and completion of the construction of KhNPP power units 3 and 4. “We are certain that construction of KhNPP power units 3 and 4 is the future of Ukraine, and we will do everything possible to assure that the population receives cheap electricity, the personnel are socially protected and provide effective electricity production, and Ukraine is an energy-independent country”.
During the meeting, they also discussed the investment plans of the Company, particularly the export of electricity to Belarus, Moldova and the Baltic countries; construction of data centers, development of hydrogen technologies.
Herman Halushchenko, Vice-President for Development of SE “NNEGC “Energoatom”, describing the situation in the electricity market noted, that “the Company appeared to be in discriminatory conditions and is defending its right to be an equal player in the existing market model”, and assured that the management is working on ways to bring Energoatom out of the crisis.
For information: The construction of KhNPP power unit 3 began in September 1985, and power unit 4 in June 1986. Both units are designed for a current capacity of 1000 MW, with a VVER-1000/V-320 reactor. However, despite their construction readiness of 75% for power unit 3 (about 85 pieces of equipment were installed) and 28% for power unit 4, in 1990 the project was suspended due to the “Post-Chernobyl” moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants. The issue of completing the construction of two power units is strategically important for Ukraine, since it will contribute to its energy security, the stability of the energy system, the availability of tariffs for consumers, as well as the creation of thousands of jobs, which will improve the social and economic development of the region and other territories. In addition, this will bring Ukraine closer to the strategic synchronization of the domestic energy system with the EU energy system and its integration into the European energy grid through the creation of backup power sources at Khmelnytskyi NPP site, connected to ENTSO-E.