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Ukraine starts building 2 modern units at Khmelnytskyi Nuke plant

Published : 16 Apr 2024, 03:28

  DF News Desk
This photo taken on March 29, 2023 shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. File Photo: Xinhua by Victor.

Ukraine's state-run nuclear energy operator Energoatom said on Monday it has launched a project to build two new modern power units at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant (KhNPP) in western Ukraine, reported Xinhua.

Power units 5 and 6 at the KhNPP will become the first power units in Ukraine using the AP-1000 technology, Energoatom said in a statement.

Ukraine's Energy Minister German Galushchenko said that a special feature of the AP-1000 technology, developed by the U.S.-based nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric, is the ability to balance the units.

"Today, the enemy is attacking and destroying the balancing capacities of the Ukrainian energy sector, so the construction of units with the ability to maneuver is very important for us," Galushchenko said at the ceremony to lay the first cube of concrete of unit 5.

The construction of each unit will take approximately four to five years and will cost about 5 billion U.S. dollars, according to Energoatom.