As the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko said during an online briefing on the specifics of the current heating season, 2022 will be the year of nuclear generation development.
“2022 will be the year of nuclear generation development. The foundations for this were laid in the past year 2021. This year has been fruitful for promising agreements on the development of nuclear energy. In particular, agreements were signed with Westinghouse on the construction of 5 new power units, a memorandum with NuScale to study the possibilities of building small modular nuclear reactors, "the Minister of Energy emphasized.
In addition, in 2021, Ukraine was the only continental European country to be invited to the Net Zero World initiative, which offers partners in-depth cooperation in nuclear energy, and became an equal member of this initiative. Also last year, Ukraine joined the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence.
The Minister of Energy stressed that in December last year, the nuclear power plants of Ukraine showed their real ability - they worked at a historical maximum. During the coldest days, the nuclear power industry produced more than 300 million kWh per day. For the first time, the Zaporizhzhya NPP - the largest in Europe - started working with all 6 units and reached its maximum capacity - a record 6,190 MW.
The coal industry of Ukraine in the new 2022, according to the minister, should receive the implementation of pilot projects for the transformation of coal regions.
“Two projects for a fair transformation in Chervonograd and Mirnograd have been prepared to start in 2022. With the assistance of the EBRD, the governments of Great Britain and Germany, work is underway on the preparation of the following projects, "Galushchenko said.
In 2022, Energoatom is to be corporatized, which will open up new opportunities for the company to attract investments and develop technical and technological capabilities, and bring it to the world level, the minister added.
Recall that at the beginning of this year in the European Commission announced the preparation of a document that will give the nuclear power and gas industry the status of" green "energy sources.