Ukraine should re-look at the development of nuclear power generation, including focusing on the implementation of projects that increase the ability to maneuver, acting Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Olha Buslavets has said.
Commenting on the relevance of the Ukraine-EU Energy Bridge project in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, she said that, in the context of the construction of new facilities, it is more advisable to focus on the construction of small modular reactors (SMR).
“The decisions on the energy bridge are related to the completion of reactors three and four of the Khmelnytsky NPP. My personal expert conviction: we need to reconsider what exactly needs to be developed in nuclear power generation. If we talk about new construction, we should talk about small modular reactors with the possibility of regulation. We already have a power system that is very overloaded with basic capacities. Energoatom is 55% of our electricity production, which, I will remind you, is not regulated,” she said.
In addition, Buslavets expressed the opinion that for Ukraine, which plans to synchronize with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) by 2023, it would be more expedient to focus all its efforts on this project.
“When it [the energy bridge project] was only being worked out, I did not see the point in a separate project if there were plans for general synchronization with the European system. It would be more expedient to focus all efforts on general integration, rather than being distracted by some separate projects and give separate conditions,” the acting minister said.