Future technologies: Energoatom studies the possibility of introducing small modular reactors to Ukraine
On July 29, 2021, Energoatom’s Vice-President Hartmut Jacob took part in an online Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Working Group meeting, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The officials from U.S. government agencies, companies owning SMR technologies and other stakeholders had a hand in the discussion as well.
In his presentation, Hartmut Jacob, in particular, noted that Energoatom continues to study a range of issues related to the prospects and problems of introducing SMR to Ukraine, taking into account the national energy strategy. He also announced that NNEGC is already starting cooperation with several U.S. SMR developers as well as expressed hope for further fruitful work with foreign partners in this area.
«Energoatom plays a crucial role in the decarbonisation of Ukraine's energy sector,» Mr. Jacob stressed. «From the very beginning of NPP operation in Ukraine, nuclear generation has prevented 3 billion tons СО2 emissions, including 70 mln tons in 2020.» According to him, currently the Company plans to ensure continuous growth of the nuclear industry in Ukraine, in particular, through the completion of Khmelnytskyi NPP units 3 and 4.
As a reminder, in early July during the Eurasia Green Energy and Clean Technology Forum, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Acting President of Energoatom Petro Kotin presented the prospects for introducing SMR technology to Ukraine. He noted that the Company would examine this technology closely due to the growing need for NPPs, which are more flexible in operation and load following capacities. According to Mr. Kotin, it is also promising given the almost zero carbon emissions.