Rosatom starts commercial operations of first Gen III+ VVER-1200 reactor. Rosatom has started commercial operations of the NVNPP-2 Unit 1 VVER-1200 reactor at Novovoronezh in central Russia, marking the world’s first full start-up of a generation III+ reactor, the company said in a statement March 1. NVNPP-2 Unit 1 was connected to the grid in August 2016 and testing was completed on February 23, including 15 days’ performance testing at 100% capacity, the operator said. Generation III+ reactors incorporate extra safety features to avoid the kind of disaster suffered at Fukushima in 2011. Several other types of generation III+ reactors are under construction in U.S., Europe and Asia but have been subject to delays. The VVER-1200 reactor has a capacity of 1.2 GW, a 20% increase on the previous VVER-1000 design. Safety improvements include a passive heat removal system that operates in the absence of electric power supply. The lifespan of the main VVER equipment such as reactor and steam generator vessels has been “doubled from 30 to 60 years” and high-level automation and instrumentation has reduced labor requirements “by 25%-30%,” according to Rosatom.
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Russia’s Rosatom aims to become one of the three most successful global technology companies by the beginning of the 2040s, transformed from the state-backed nuclear power corporation it is today, according to its new director-general. “I know some will be sceptical about this, as if it’s a fantasy, but I believe it’s possible,” Alexey Likhachov said in an interview for the company’s weekly newspaper Strana Rosatom.
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