Heating frustrations large and small have led a handful of Russian cities to consider the nuclear option – and the Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, known as NIKIET, has gamed out the first strike. NIKIET’s chief engineer, Yury Kuznetsov, speaking at the “Forum Dialog” hosted by state nuclear corporation Rosatom last month, laid out a plan for small reactors in cities to supply heat and power by 2020 or 2030. The institute’s feasibility study,summarized this week by World Nuclear News, came in response to a directive from Moscow to improve district heating countrywide. Fifty percent of the residents of Arkhangelsk in Russia’s Northwest reportedly want the reactors, Kuznetsov said. He added that the reactor would also work well in Murmansk and 12 other cities to heat dwellings and keep the lights on during long, dark winters.
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Russia has put into operation its first near-surface final nuclear waste repository for solid low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste, National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management (NO RAO) has announced. The repository, which is in Novouralsk, received its first waste shipment – 13 packages of waste totalling 47 cubic metres – between 28 November and 2 December. This is class 3 waste, but the facility will start taking class 4 waste next year. Such waste includes, for example, clothing, air filters and packaging.
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