The American Westinghouse desire to become the monopoly supplier of nuclear fuel for all power units of Ukrainian NPPs shows that the Firm is only pursuing its business interests, and did not care about the energy security of Ukraine, the words of which proved to be empty words.
This opinion correspondents voiced head of the analytical Department of IC "Energocapital" (one of the largest operators in the financial market of Russia) Alexander Ignatyuk.
The intention Westinghouse to be the sole supplier of fuel for all units of Ukrainian NPPs first announced at a press conference in Kyiv, the head of the organization Danny Roderick. Prior to that, Westinghouse advocated the diversification of supply of nuclear fuel for Ukrainian NPPs, And for the fact that Kiev could choose between different suppliers, It's like would help to provide energy independence of Ukraine.
The main supplier of fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants is currently the Russian Company TVEL. In 2014, Ukraine And Westinghouse agreed on the supply of U.S. nuclear fuel at certain blocks of Ukrainian nuclear power plants Until 2020.
"I would like to indicate non-market behavior of commissioners Westinghouse. Not so long ago, Before the conflict in Ukraine, Authorized organizations willingly talked about how they will contribute to the Ukrainian side to become independent from Russia as the sole supplier of fuel. Now these words about rivalry, alternative supplies the opportunities - not more than tinsel, designed to disguise the true purpose, " said the expert.
"This is political pressure as a way to capture the market in which the position of Westinghouse almost can be called highly competitive, but the investment in the Maidan need to recoup. Yes, It is the business of any organization, and no concern about energy security of Ukraine. And the Ukrainian authorities are obliged to clearly understand That, " added Ignatyuk.
A few years ago at the Czech Temelin NPP occurred depressurization of fuel elements production Westinghouse, after which the Czech Republic has not wanted from this vendor. In 2012-2013 for 2 units of the South-Ukrainian NPP were reported violations in the fuel assemblies of American manufacturing. It turned out that these violations were caused by structural defects Westinghouse.
Russian experts see in the decision of Kiev again to start the application on its nuclear fuel Westinghouse danger of nuclear safety in the field.