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South Korea to finish 2 Ukrainian reactors

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Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power will help Ukraine complete construction of two nuclear reactors at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (NPP), in west Ukraine

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KHNP and Ukraine’s state nuclear firm, Energoatom, signed in Kiev a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for completion of units 3 and 4, which have a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts. Work on the reactors started in 1985 and 1986, respectively, but were halted in 1990.

Russia’s nuclear firm, Atomstroyexport, had a contract to finish construction of the reactors, expected to become operational in 2018 and 2020, respectively. However, in September 2015, the Ukrainian government decided to terminate the agreement with Russia.

Energoatom’s CEO, Yuriy Nedashkovsky, welcomed the cooperation, adding “mutual efforts will be complementary for domestic nuclear technologies development.”

“I strongly believe the Khmelnitsky power units 3 and 4 project will be successfully completed,” given the companies’ extensive nuclear experience and expertise over the past 40 years, said KHNP CEO Seok Cho.

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