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Ukraine, France sign enriched uranium supply deal

April 24, 2015, 16:32 UTC+3 KIEV

Ukraine previously worked solely with Russian companies for uranium enrichment for its NPPs

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©  Ivan Guschin

KIEV, April 24. /TASS/. Ukraine’s state company Energoatom has signed an agreement with France’s Areva on enriched uranium supplies to Ukrainian nuclear power plants, the Energoatom press office said on Friday.

The contract was signed in Energoatom’s office in Brussels.

"Today a contract has been signed, which expands cooperation with a world leading nuclear technology company. This contract is a real step towards diversifying nuclear material supplies to Ukrainian NPPs," Energoatom Head Yury Nedashkovsky said.

The Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator said "Areva won a tender as it made a more attractive price offer and minimized contract risks."

Ukrenergo did not provide any further details on the contract.

Ukraine previously worked solely with Russian companies for uranium enrichment for its NPPs, including through participation in the international uranium enrichment center in Angarsk in Siberia.

Nuclear energy in Ukraine

Nuclear power occupies one of the most prominent places in the Ukrainian economy. Over recent years, having only 22.8% of the installed capacity, nuclear power plants during autumn and winter maximum loads generated about 53% of the country's electricity. Currently there are 15 operating power units at four Ukrainian NPPs.

The Zaporizhia nuclear plant with an installed generating capacity of 6,000 megawatt is the biggest energy facility in Ukraine and Europe. It generates about 50% of electricity produced by Ukraine’s nuclear plants and accounts for more than 22% of the aggregate electricity generation in the country.

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