Ukraine signs fuel supply contract with TVEL

Ukraine's Energoatom and Russia's TVEL signed a contract to supply fuel for Ukraine's reactors in 2009. Some of the fuel will use Ukrainian uranium. TVEL and Energoatom are also negotiating a long-term fuel supply arrangement for 2010 and beyond.

To make the fuel supply arrangement more attractive for Ukraine, TVEL suggested creating a joint fuel fabrication facility on Ukrainian territory. Construction of this facility would probably be part of the long-term fuel supply arrangement. Ukraine was also invited to participate in the International Uranium Enrichment Center in Angarsk.

Meanwhile, Ukraine continue to work with Westinghouse to explore a possibility of using Westinghouse fuel in Ukrainian reactors.