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  • Ousting russia from nuclear fuel markets and protecting energy facilities: German Galushchenko met with UK Ambassador Martin Harris
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 10 January 2024 20:12

    Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine Martin Harris. This was the first visit of the newly appointed Ambassador to the Ministry of Energy.

    The main topics of discussion were deepening cooperation in the nuclear industry and green energy, as well as UK assistance in the protection of energy facilities.

    Martin Harris paid tribute to Ukraine’s power engineers for the courage they showed in their daily work, providing light and heat to Ukrainian homes in times of war. The Ambassador also stressed that the energy sector was a priority area of cooperation between the two countries and that the UK was ready to continue to support the development of the partnership with Ukraine in this sector.

    For his part, German Galushchenko thanked the UK for its support for Ukraine’s energy sector since the first days of the full-scale russian invasion. The Minister highlighted the importance of the UK’s contribution of EUR 27.6 million to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund, as well as the delivery of 81 shipments of energy equipment totalling 1,250 tonnes. This includes more than 4,400 gabions for the protection of energy facilities, as well as backup power plants, generator components and gas equipment.

    “I am also very grateful to the UK for its cooperation in the nuclear sector, in particular the GBP 192 million guarantee to provide uranium enrichment services to Ukraine in cooperation with Urenco. This is an important stage in achieving global goals and ousting russia not only from the nuclear fuel market, where we have already achieved significant success, but also from the uranium markets,” the Head of the Ministry of Energy stressed.

    Particular attention was paid to the situation at the russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. German Galushchenko stressed the need to consolidate international efforts to prevent any nuclear incident at the ZNPP, which could call into question the future renaissance of nuclear energy in the world.

    The parties also discussed deepening cooperation in decentralised power generation and the development of renewable energy sources. The UK side confirmed its interest in further business investment in the development of green energy in Ukraine.