Text of report by Gazprom-owned, editorially independent Russian news agency Ekho Moskvy
Moscow, 7 June: Russia does not intend to buy nuclear plants in Ukraine, the head of the Rosatom state corporation for nuclear energy, Sergey Kiriyenko, told radio station Ekho Moskvy.
He did not rule out that Russia might consider buying nuclear facilities in other countries, if there are beneficial proposals. But in case with Ukraine, Russia is rather planning to "exchange assets", he said.
Kiriyenko refused to comment on the statement by the former Ukrainian prime minister, Yuliya Tymoshenko, who had said that incumbent Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was "giving away" the nuclear industry to Russia.
"When Tymoshenko was the prime minister, she was ready to hold the same kind of talks," Kiriyenko said. He added that the integration of the Ukrainian nuclear industry [into the Russian one] will help develop the production process "in a more effective, cheaper and faster way".
Kiriyenko went on to say that joint extraction of uranium in Ukraine "is possible in theory". Uranium enrichment will take place exclusively in Russia, but Ukraine can own shares of one of the enrichment plants together with Russia. A working group has been set up to discuss this issue, Kiriyenko said.
During the "fabrication of fuel" Ukrainian components may be used, for instance zirconium components. "The possibility for the Ukrainian partners to become shareholders of one of the Russian plants and [the possibility of] setting up plants in Ukraine are being discussed. Ukraine is holding a tender now. I think we will be able to make the most competitive proposal to set up a fuel cell assembly plant in Ukraine," Kiriyenko said.
In addition, Russia is ready to help Ukraine finish the construction of several nuclear power plants which Ukraine is unable to finish on its own. For instance, two sections of the Khmelnitskaya nuclear power plant will be finished in the near future. "It means billions of dollars of investment in Ukraine. Fifty per cent of supplies can be made by Ukrainian companies," Kiriyenko said. As the number of orders from other countries is growing, Russia will gain from placing them on Ukrainian plants, he added.
Source: Ekho Moskvy news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0233 gmt 8 Jun 10
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Ukraine And Russia Reach Cooperation Agreement On Completing Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Station's Third And Fourth Reactors
Ukraine and Russia have reached agreement on cooperation on completing the construction of the third and fourth reactors at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power station (Netishyn, Khmelnytskyi region).
The agreement was signed in Kyiv by Fuel and Energy Minister Yurii Boiko and the Rosatom state nuclear energy corporation's General Director Sergey Kirienko.
Under the terms of the agreement, Russia will provide part of the loans necessary for financing completion of the reactors while Ukraine will provide the remainder.
The agreement also stipulates that Russia will organize funding in amounts necessary for design, construction, and commissioning of the third and fourth reactors at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power station, including payment for services and goods delivered to Ukraine from Russia.
"Part of this [funding] could be provided under agreements between the finance ministries of Ukraine and Russia and part could be obtained in the form of loan from commercial banks," Kirienko said, adding that the creditors could include Russian state banks.
According to Kirienko, one of the creditors could be the Russian Savings Bank.
According to him, the loans are expected to be repaid from profits earned from operation of the new reactors.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Fuel and Energy Ministry recently estimated that UAH 30,649.6 million was needed for financing completion of the third and fourth reactors at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power station.
The cost of completion of the reactors was calculated based on the prices prevailing as of January 1, 2009 (excluding discounts), and the money is expected to be spent during the period of 2011-2015.