MOSCOW, January 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Eduard Stavitsky, Ukraine’s acting minister of energy and coal industry, and Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of the Rosatom Atomic Energy State Corporation, discussed cooperation in nuclear-power engineering on Friday.
Stavitsky told Kiriyenko that Ukraine’s competent bodies had chosen a technical project for finishing the construction of units 3 and 4 at the Khmelnitskaya nuclear power station to be carried out with the use of Russian technologies.
“We are going to send a formal notification to Moscow soon,” Stavitsky said. The sides also pledged to continue joint construction of a plant for the fabrication of nuclear fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants in the Ukrainian territory that would also operate on Russian technologies.
Stavitsky thanked the Russian side for meeting all its commitments on the Project. He added that Ukraine’s next year budget would have a new expenditure item for investing funds in the authorized capital of a joint venture.
The sides also agreed to consider additional opportunities for financing the plant’s construction.
The construction of two power units of the Khmelnitskaya nuclear power station was suspended in 1990 after the Ukrainian parliament had set a moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power stations in the Ukrainian territory.
Stavitsky told a news conference early this week that all nuclear power stations in Ukraine (15 nuclear power units) had been transferred to a special safety regime despite the fact that several months of protest rallies had not affected the operation of Ukraine’s nuclear power sector. Ukraine’s Energy Ministry is constantly informing Russia and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the latest developments in Ukraine.
"Not only are we keeping our partners in Russia and the IAEA informed. We are closely cooperating with them in connection with the current situation in the country,” Ukraine’s acting Energy Minister Eduard Stavitsky told Itar-Tass at the start of this week.
He said that Russian and IAEA nuclear energy experts were expected to arrive in Ukraine next week, adding the situation at Ukrainian nuclear power plants was under control.
“I am going to say with full responsibility that I am not going to allow any interference in the work of the nuclear power sector and I would like to use this opportunity to assure all our partners that the situation is under control. All the facilities are operating normally and are reliably protected,” Stavitsky emphasized.