July 18, 2008

Ukraine’s Energoatom to Call Tender on Completion of Khmelnytskyi Npp Before Yearend

MOSCOW. July 18 (Interfax) - France's Areva, U.S. giant Westinghouse and South Korea's Kepco could compete with Russian companies in a tender to complete the construction of the third and fourth energy units of the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine's Rosenergoatom said in a statement.

The Ukrainian company plans to organize the tender before the end of 2008.

Rosenergoatom and the Ukrainian national nuclear power generation company Energoatom discussed the completion of construction of the third and fourth energy units of the Khmelnytskyi NPP on July 14-16 in Kyiv.

The Russian delegation consisted of representatives of Rosenergoatom, Atomstroyexport and Gidropress, and the Ukrainian delegation was made up of representatives of Kyiv-based Atomenergoproekt and the Khmelnytskyi NPP.

Rosenergoatom, together with Atomenergoproekt, will soon present a consolidated project of an improved VVER-1000 (V-392B) reactor. The project, licensed by the Russian Federal Environmental, Technological, and Atomic Oversight Service (Rostekhnadzor) in September 2006, was designed for the fifth and sixth energy units of the Balakovo NPP, which are at the same level of completion as the Khmelnytskyi NPP's third and fourth energy units.

RusAl is funding the completion of construction of the Balakovo NPP.

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