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Ukraine plans to start building 4 nuclear reactors at Khmelnytskyi before end-2024

The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy has announced plans to start building four new nuclear reactors before the end of 2024 to make up for the lost capacity due to the Russian invasion and takeover of the 6 GW Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. Two of the new units would be based on Russian-made equipment that Ukraine wants to import from Bulgaria, while the other two would use Western technology from the US company Westinghouse. All four new reactors would be built at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant in western Ukraine. 

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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