On January 5, 2022, Energoatom’s senior managers held an online meeting with representatives of the British company Rolls-Royce, during which the latter showcased the UK SMR technology.
Rolls-Royce representatives briefed the Ukrainian side on plans to build 16 UK SMR power units in the UK by 2050. The UK SMR project is expected to be certified by 2024, while the first small modular reactor of this type will be commissioned by 2029.
Energoatom’s CEO Petro Kotin commended the expected high level of reliability and safety of the UK SMR reactor. Rolls-Royce was informed about plans to replace existing nuclear facilities and construct new power units, as well as prospects for the introduction of small modular reactors in Ukraine.
The parties agreed to establish further cooperation.
For reference: The electrical output of the UK SMR is 443 MW. The design service life is 60 years. The cost of the first power unit will be 2.2 billion pounds (about three billion dollars).