The Russian government has approved plans for the construction and commissioning of 11 new nuclear power reactor units by 2030, the state-operated domestic news agency RIA Novosti has reported. The units will include one Generation IV BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor to be built at the Beloyarsk nuclear station in Zarechny, 50km east of Yekaterinburg in the southern Urals. Reports in Russia earlier this year said a decision on whether to go ahead with new Beloyarsk units would not be taken before 2019. They said the decision would depend largely on the results of operating Beloyarsk-4, the pilot BN-800 plant, which was connected to the grid in December 2015, but has not yet begun commercial operation. There is one existing, commercially operational sodium-cooled fast reactor at Beloyarsk, the BN-600. Both the BN-600 and the BN-800 are smaller versions of the BN-1200.
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