The Ministry of Energy is considering the possibility of cooperation with the Czech company Witkowitz in the production of small modular nuclear reactors (SMR). This was announced on February 23 by the press center of the department, following a meeting of the ministry's leadership with representatives of the Czech group of companies.
“Of course, this topic is very interesting for us, and it is definitely on the agenda. We are on the verge of the challenges we face because of the need to decarbonize the economy. Green energy is actively developing. Therefore, we need to provide the system with balancing capacities. At the same time, it should be a comprehensive solution: we should determine the share of such generation in the overall development of the energy system of Ukraine, and this should be reflected in the energy strategy until 2050, ”said Deputy Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko.
Boyko also added that it is necessary to fully understand the economics of building small modular reactors and only after that make a final decision.
As reported, the meeting discussed the possible placement and certification of a prototype MMP on the territory of Ukraine. The parties agreed to exchange detailed information and, based on the results, create a working group for further processing the issue of establishing small modular reactors in Ukraine.
MMR is recognized as one of the most promising in the construction of nuclear power plants. SMRs have a higher level of safety in comparison with traditional types of reactors due to the absence of equipment in them, which requires external power supply, as well as due to other passive safety systems.
Witkowitz is one of the largest mechanical engineering companies in Eastern Europe. It is engaged in forging large-sized structures from special alloys, produces complex gearboxes, tanks. In addition, it manufactures metal structures for bridges, marine engines, industrial installations, hydropower, wind and nuclear power plants.
Earlier it was reported that back in 2017, the head of Holtec International, Chris Singh, proposed to create a hub in Ukraine for the dissemination of small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Europe, Asia and Africa with the localization of the production of equipment for them at Ukrainian enterprises. Holtec International is a leading global technology developer and manufacturer of equipment for the transportation and storage of spent nuclear fuel. It is also one of the world leaders in the development of small modular reactors.