South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant
|South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant|
|Commission date||October 18, 1983|
|Operator(s)||National Nuclear Energy Generating Company|
|Units operational||3 x 1,000 MW|
It is located near the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk in Mykolaiv province, approximately 350 kilometers (220 mi) south of Kiev. The nuclear power station has three VVER-1000 reactors and a net generation capacity of 2,850 megawatts (MW). It is at present the second largest of five nuclear power stations in Ukraine.
Since 2005 Energoatom has been using the third power unit of the Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP to test nuclear fuel produced by Westinghouse, mixed with Russian assemblies. In August 2005, the third reactor of the Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP was loaded with the first six experimental fuel assemblies produced by Westinghouse.
In September 2009, Westinghouse transferred a further 42 fuel assemblies to Energoatom for the third reactor of the Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP. The main supplier of fuel for nuclear power plants in Ukraine is currently TVEL, with whom NNEGC in 1997 signed a contract for the supply of fresh nuclear fuel for Ukrainian WMR[disambiguation needed] until 2010.
In 2013 unit 1 was given a 10-year licence extension, following major upgrade work, which will take it beyond its original 30-year design lifetime. Similar extensions are planned for units 2 and 3, which are currently licensed until 2015 and 2019.
Energoatom operates all four active nuclear power plants in Ukraine. Zaporizhzhia, Yuzhnoukrainsk, Rivne and Khmelnytsky stations have 15 generating units in total. Equipped with water-moderated reactors, they have a total installed electrical capacity of 13.835 MW.
- "Life extension for South Ukraine unit 1". World Nuclear News. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
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