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Ukraine greenlights 10-year life extension for a 950 MW nuclear reactor

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has authorised the 950 MW Unit 1 of the South Ukraine nuclear power plant to operate for another 10 years, until December 2033. The Russian designed VVER unit entered commercial operation in 1983 and the original lifetime of the reactor was 30 years. South Ukraine's Unit 1 already received a 10-year life extension in 2013, which was due to expire in December 2023. The nuclear power plant, located near Yuzhnoukrainsk in southern Ukraine, features two other 950 MW units commissioned in 1985 and 1989.

Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors, including the six at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (6 GW), which have been under Russian military control since March 2022, South Ukraine (3 GW), Rovno (2.8 GW), and Khmelnitsky (2 GW). In 2022, nuclear represented 24% of Ukraine’s installed capacity with nearly 14 GW and 56% of its power generation with 63.5 TWh (against 86 TWh in 2021, before the war with Russia).

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