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Westinghouse in talks to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine power plants

Westinghouse Electric Co. is in talks with the Ukraine to supply nuclear fuel for power generation from 2015 to help cut Ukraine’s dependence on Russia.

Ukraine said in January it would borrow $6 billion from Russia for new nuclear builds. But Ukraine is rethinking that plan after political unrest developed between the two countries, according to Reuters. All Ukrainian nuclear units are Russian-designed VVER-1000 reactors and use fuel supplied by Russian state nuclear company Rosatom.

Ukrainian-owned energy company Energoatom told Reuters it will start testing fuel from Westinghouse at the third unit of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant in 2015.

Westinghouse and Ukraine first signed a fuel supply deal in 2000, but in 2012, the Westinghouse fuel to the South Ukraine plant was found to be faulty and operations were shut down, the article said.

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