SWEDEN : WESTINGHOUSE EXPANDS CAPACITY OF PLANT IN VASTERAS FOR GROWING SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE

Westinghouse Electric Company has announced the expansion of its nuclear fuel factory, situated in Vasteras, Sweden, in response to growing demand for nuclear fuel supply diversification for VVER-1000 reactors in Ukraine and other European countries. “The investment finances additional production facilities, fuel engineering work, as well as the procurement of additional process and assembly equipment…

UKRAINE: NAFTOGAZ SEEKS TO FINISH REPAYMENT OF EBRD $300 MLN LOAN IN MAY AND REPEATEDLY TAKE FUNDS LATER

National joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy seeks in May to repay a revolving loan of $300 million issued by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and later to repeatedly take funds, Naftogaz Head Andriy Kobolev has said. “We’ve paid $10 million… in May we will pay it in full for sure,” he told reporters…

UKRAINE: UKRGAZVYDOBUVANNIA DISCOVERS OIL FIELD IN KHARKIV REGION

Public joint-stock company Ukrgazvydobuvannia has discovered a field in Shevchenkivsky district of Kharkiv region with estimated reserves of 290,000 tonnes of conventional fuel, the company’s press service has reported. The press service said that oil was discovered at depths from 2,100 to 2,200 meters. Industrial oil inflow was received during tests of a well in…

UKRAINE: LOADING OF WESTINGHOUSE FUEL TO REACTOR TWO OF YUZHNOUKRAINSK NPP SCHEU-DELD FOR NOV-DEC

Nuclear fuel made by Westinghouse is scheduled to load to reactor two of Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear power plant (NPP) in November and December 2016, President of National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom Yuriy Nedashkovsky has said. He said that Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulation Inspectorate has finished its inspection. It was a success. “There are no doubts that…

RUSSIA’S ROSATOM DENIES PLANS FOR SALE OF TURKISH NPP PROJECT SHARE — CEO

Turkish news agency Anadolu reported earlier that project company Akkuyu Nuclear (74.915% of shares are owned by Rosatom Overseas) could potentially sell a 49% stake in the Akkuyu NPP project Rosatom has not changed its plans for Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project, the company’s CEO Sergey Kirienko said on Wednesday. “We have not changed anything,”…

RUSSIA AND ALGERIA SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON THE COOPERATION ON PEACEFUL USE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY

The State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and The Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful uses. The document was signed by Director General of ROSATOM and the Chairman of COMENA, Mohamed Derdour. The memorandum is aimed…

KAZAKHSTAN: GAS PRICES INCREASE

Prices for natural gas in Kazakhstan transported via gas distribution networks since March 2015 to March 2016 rose on average by 16.7 percent – to 15.35 tenges (333.81 tenges = $1) per cubic meter, according to a review of the country’s Energyprom.kz analytical service. Prices for liquefied gas in the country transported via gas distribution…

UKRAINE: GAS TARIFF HIKE TO ADD SOME UAH 7 BLN TO NATIONAL BUDGET – NAFTOGAZ HEAD

Setting the single price of gas for households at UAH 6,879 and for heating supply companies at UAH 6,810 per 1,000 cubic meters would add some UAH 7 billion of revenue of the national budget, Naftogaz Ukrainy Head Andriy Kobolev has said on Channel 5 TV. “People who earlier did not get subsidies will come…

UKRAINE: EBRD TO ALLOCATE EUR 40 MLN ON BUILDING STORAGE FOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL AT CHORNOBYL NPP

Ukrainian Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Ostap Semerak, Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Director General Ihor Hramotkin and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development President Suma Chakrabarti have signed a Memorandum on the allocation of additional funds worth EUR 40 million to complete the construction of a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. Ukrainian President…

UKRAINE: ENERGY SAVING ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED AT NEXT NATIONAL COUNCIL’S SITTING

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the issue of energy saving will be discussed at the next sitting of Ukraine’s National Council of Reforms. President Poroshenko said this in his speech dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “It is clear that Ukraine either today or tomorrow,…

UKRAINE: LAUNCHING OF NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE WITHOUT RUSSIA’S PARTICIPATION UNDER DISCUSSION

The launch of a full-fledged nuclear fuel cycle without the participation of the Russian Federation is at the discussion stage at the moment. This was stated by Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine. “As for the statement by the Minister [of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak – ed.], it is just a…

UKRAINE TO DEEPEN COOPERATION WITH U.S. IN ENERGY

Ukraine is interested in deepening and expanding bilateral cooperation with the United States in the energy sector, in particular, intends to increase the supply of nuclear fuel produced by U.S. Westinghouse to 30% of the demand, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk has said at a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine…

UKRAINE HAS APPROACHED EC REGARDING TRILATERAL GAS TALKS WITH RUSSIA

Ukraine is prepared for trilateral gas talks with Russia with the European Commission’s involvement, Director of the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry’s Planning and European Integration Department Mykhailo Bno-Airiian said on Facebook. Bno-Airiian said Ihor Nasalyk, the new energy and coal minister, had written to the EC about this on Monday. “In his letter…

TAJIKISTAN’S FUEL IMPORTS REPORTEDLY REDUCE

The Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan says 139,000 tons of oil products have been delivered to the country over the first three months of this year, which was nearly 15 percent fewer than in the same period last year. In January-March 2015, Tajikistan reportedly imported 163,000 tons of oil products. Russia provides…

AZERBAIJAN: VOLUME OF OIL FROM AZERI-CHIRAG-GUNESHLI OIL AND GAS FIELDS’ BLOCK ANNOUNCED

The volume of oil produced from Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil and gas fields’ block in Azerbaijan from November 1997 to Apr.1, 2016, stood at 393 million tons, and 218 million tons of this volume accounted for the country’s profit oil, Khoshbakht Yusifzade, first vice-president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), said. He made the remarks…

AZERBAIJAN : SIGNIFICANCE OF TANAP IN ITS CONTROL BY BAKU, ANKARA – ADVISOR TO TURKISH PRESIDENT

The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) fully meets the interests of Turkey, and its importance lies in the fact that it is controlled by Baku and Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Chief Adviser Yigit Bulut said Apr. 25 in an interview with the TV channel TRT Haber. “TANAP will turn Turkey into an energy…