Moscow has expressed doubts about the safety of fuel from the U.S. for Ukrainian nuclear power plants


The Russian side has reasonable doubts that foreign producers, including from the United States, can create such a nuclear fuel, which would have worked without incident at Ukrainian nuclear power plants. This was stated by “RIA Novosti” Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control of the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

“As we have repeatedly emphasized, to date, remain a reasonable doubt as to whether foreign manufacturers, including Westinghouse making such a fuel that would work on the reactors of Soviet/Russian design without incident,” — said Ulyanov. He added that earlier attempts to load nuclear fuel of non-Russian production reactors of this design, including at nuclear power plants of Ukraine “has repeatedly led to non-standard situations.”

June 16 in the active zone of the reactor of the fifth power unit of the Zaporizhzhya NPP began to load fuel TVs-WR American company Westinghouse. According to the operator of Ukrainian NPPs, NNEGC “Energoatom” in the first batch to be downloaded 42 new fuel cartridge.

Informed about the dangers of the use of us fuel at Ukrainian nuclear power plant told state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin. In his video message, timed for the 30th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, he stressed that Ukraine continues the operation of the reactors after completion of their warranty period and their transfer to unauthorized fuel production of the United States is unacceptable.

Previously, the fuel company of Rosatom TVEL, which was the main supplier of fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants, said that if Kiev will officially notify the Russian side about the beginning of the use of cassettes Westinghouse at least one unit of the Ukrainian nuclear power plants, it would violate the Russian-Ukrainian contract on nuclear fuel and TVEL will consider options to protect their interests.

Ulyanov in the interview with “RIA Novosti” expressed regret that Kiev has decided to replace the Russian nuclear fuel with American fuel. According to the diplomat, by taking this step, Ukraine “in fact, voluntarily turns himself into a testing ground for experimental American fuel assemblies”.

The diplomat also expressed concern beginning in 2016, the attempts of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant forced power control, which provides the opportunity every day to reduce their power. “That in itself is very unsafe, since power reactors not designed for operation in such modes. In conjunction with the possible presence of another active zones of the pilot fuel, the danger of nuclear incidents is even greater,” — said the diplomat.