Fuel loading begins at Belarus’ Ostrovets nuke plant

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On August 7, the primary of 163 nuclear gas assemblies has been loaded into the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1, Russia’s state atomic vitality company Rosatom stated.

Rosatom Engineering Division is the overall designer and normal contractor of the NPP.

“At 11:45. the first fuel assembly was loaded into the reactor of Unit 1. A total of 163 assemblies will be loaded before the end of the month,” Rosatom stated, including that following the gas loading, the reactor will reach the minimal controllable degree – 1% of the whole energy capability – and related assessments shall be carried out. From that second on, the reactor acquires the standing of a nuclear energy facility. After reliability and security of the facility unit at its design parameters are verified, the stage of the facility start-up will start and the reactor shall be linked to the grid for the primary time, Rosatom stated.

“The Republic of Belarus has become the owner of a power unit built according to the latest Gen 3+ technologies,” Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev stated on the event. “This technology has been proved and tested through the operation of similar power units in Russia. They meet all the post-Fukushima safety requirements, and all the IAEA missions have recognised their reliability. It is very important for us that we have built the first VVER-1200 unit abroad in the Republic of Belarus, a good neighbour of ours,” Likhachev added.

According to Rosatom, the Belarusian NPP building undertaking is being applied in an open and clear method and meets all of the International Atomic Energy Agency security necessities. Belarus cooperates with the administration and consultants of the organisation recurrently, and it additionally interacts with representatives of the European Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), Rosatom stated. Overall, in 2012-2020, seven key IAEA missions, that are really helpful for international locations constructing their first nuclear energy crops, have been carried out.

Belarusian NPP Unit 1 turned the primary unit of the latest Gen 3+ constructed utilizing Russian applied sciences overseas. Currently, three energy items of this sort are efficiently operated in Russia: two on the Novovoronezh NPP and one on the Leningrad NPP. Furthermore, in July, building was accomplished and start-up operations started on the fourth Russian Gen 3+ energy unit on the Leningrad NPP Unit 6.

“Compared to the power units with the VVER-1000 reactor of the previous generation, the innovative Gen 3+ power unit with the VVER-1200 reactor has a number of advantages that significantly increase its economic performance and safety,” Rosenergoatom Director General Andrey Petrov stated, who can be the primary vice chairman for nuclear energy plant building of the ASE Group. The fundamental characteristic of the VVER-1200 is a novel mixture of lively and passive security programs that make the NPP absolutely proof against exterior and inside influences, he defined.

Atomenergomash is a provider of all key tools of the nuclear island for the Belarusian NPP. The gas was produced on the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP); its enrichment degree varies from 1.3% to 4.4%.