President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the construction of the power units #3 and #4 of Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant, plant for production of nuclear fuel, reduction of the fuel’s share from Russia and interconnected grids with the EU are the priority tasks in the energy sphere as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
The president noted that at the moment, the diversification process of the nuclear fuel continues without losses in quality and he emphasized that the third energy unit of the South-Ukraine nuclear power plant became the first one in 2018 with the use of the fuel of American Company Westinghouse.
“The next strategic step in the supplies of fuel is the provision of the Ukrainian nuclear power plants with the nuclear fuel produced in Ukraine. I am sure that it is very ambitious and timely task as the issue is about the creation of our own plant for the production of nuclear fuel,” the president noted.
Poroshenko also noted that despite the necessity of the implementation of the interconnected grids’ project with the EU, it will allow not only increase the export of electricity but attract funds for the building of new energy units.
“The project of the interconnected grids, first of all, is Euro-intergration process. It will allow us to hold the integration of the united energy system of Ukraine with European ENTSO-E system. Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant will become the pilot project and the result of such actions will allow us to unite Ukrainian and European energy systems as soon as possible,” the president said.
Earlier Deputy State Secretary of the U.S. David Hale noted the significance of energy issue in Ukraine and stated that this question was discussed at every meeting during his visit to Ukraine.
Besides, European Union, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, World Bank and Energy Community strongly support the necessity of transit from the existing “green tariff”, acting in Ukrainian legislation, to the competitive system based on the “green” auctions.