Ukranian media are reporting that Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a deal on November 5 to continue with TVS-WR fuel assemblies at the Zaporozhe nuclear power plant and to test a Westinghouse-developed BEACON TSM software package.
Westinghouse, Energoatom Extend Fuel Contract In Ukraine
“Representatives of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and Westinghouse signed an agreement on the testing of software … developed by Westinghouse at the station and designed for neutron-physical calculations of parameters of the reactor ore, in which fuel manufactured by two producers is used,” Energoatom said in a statement posted on their Web site.
Reports say Westinghouse and Energoatom executives met in the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk, 200 miles south of Kiev, on November 5 to sign the deal. The power plant is located in Yuzhnoukrainsk.
BEACON stands for Best Estimate Analysis of Core Operations – Nuclear. It is a core-monitoring software package specifically designed for use with pressurized water reactors.
Ukraine’s use of fuel assemblies made by Westinghouse in Vasteras, Sweden, represents a break from a long-standing arrangement for fuel supplied by Russia. As part of a Ukrainian effort to diversify its supply chain, Energoatom signed a deal with Westinghouse in 2008 that included supply of 630 nuclear fuel assemblies designed for three VVER-1000 pressurized water reactors, according to the World Nuclear Association.