News of Nuclear Industry

15.02.2018 17:31

On the February 15, 2018 at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi JSC VetroOGK signed a set of documents concerning construction of wind farms of up to 600 MW of total capacity in the South Russia.

In particular, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Krasnodar Territory Administration. The document plans to implement the investment project “Construction of WPPs of 200 MW” in Temryuk and Eisk Regions of Krasnodar Territory. Krasnodar Territory Governor Veniamin Kondratiev and General Director of JSC VetroOGK Aleksandr Korchagin signed the document. This is the next step in the development of the Cooperation Agreement with the Krasnodar Territory Administration signed in September 2016, also at the Sochi forum. In the territories of Temryuk and Eisk Regions the wind measurements are taken already and an investment project business plan has been approved. Total amount of investments in the project will be RUB 20.5 billion. Commissioning of WPPs is planned for the end of 2019. The territory administration, within its competence and in the order established by Russian law, will assist JSC Vetro OGK in implementation of the project.

Besides, a Cooperation Agreement has been signed with the Government of Stavropol Territory. The document was signed by Stavropol Territory Governor Vladimir Vladimirov and General Director of JSC VetroOGK Aleksandr Korchagin. The Agreement plans for construction of wind power plants of up to 400 MW of total capacity. The territory government, within its competence and in the order established by Russian law, will facilitate building up the favorable business climate for implementation of renewables projects in the region and consider tax and other reliefs in implementing the projects aimed at the development the fuel and energy complex of Stavropol Territory. The signed document is the continuation of the joint work with the Stavropol Territory Government (including the Ministry of Economic Development of Stavropol Territory).

Aleksandr Korchagin said: “The south of Russia is a priority region to implement ROSATOM’s strategy of wind energy. Given the localization of wind mills manufacturing in Volgodonsk, ROSATOM will create about 1,000 new jobs in the region. This is good start for the new industry development and diversification of ROSATOM’s portfolio in the carbon-free energy segment.”

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JSC VetroOGK is part of the management company JSC NovaWind (a ROSATOM’s division) and act as the operator of the project to build and operation wing power plants (WPPs). JSC VetroOGK is a member of the Association NP Market Council and included in the register of wholesale electricity and power market subjects (OREM) (suppliers of electricity and power – owners of the generating equipment). In 2016 JSC VetroOgk won the tender for construction of 26 wind generation facilities of 610 MW power capacity and in 2017 it added 360 MW more. As a result of all tenders, the power capacity of JSC VetroOGK’s facilities is 970 MW (40% of all selected WPPs).


  
15.02.2018 13:12

On February 14 at 23-40 (local time) the third power unit of Tianwan NPP constructed under the Russian design with VVER-1000 reactor type passed the100-hour guarantee tests. 

The reactor the power start-up of which was held at the end of 2017, has passed the dynamic testing at different power levels and currently has completed 100-hour tests at the maximum power level without being shutdown.

The power start-up of Tianwan-3 was held on 30 December 2017. The construction of the second stage of Tianwan NPP is being carried out with the participation of specialists of ASE Group of Companies (a part of Engineering Division of ROSATOM), the general designer of the power unit “nuclear island” is JSC ATOMPROEKT company (included in ASE Group of Companies). 

“The third power unit has passed the continuous operation demonstration tests at a rated load during 100 hours. The provisional takeover - a starting point of a 2-year guarantee operation of the unit is to come” - informed Aleksey Bannik, Director for Projects in China of ASE Group of Companies.

Also, within the frames of the second stage of the NPP construction in China, the works on the fourth unit of Tianwan NPP construction are underway, its commissioning is scheduled for 2018.

“At the fourth power unit there is an ongoing preparation to one of the key stages - the unit hot run is to occur in spring. At the moment, installation and start-up and adjustment works are in full swing, besides, the performance testing of equipment is performed under design conditions. All these are within the frames of the first revision after the cold run” - reported Valery Kedrov, Deputy Director for Tianwan NPP of JSC ATOMPROEKT Design Institute.

 


  
13.02.2018 22:01

February 13, 2018, Moscow. – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations of the Republic of Congo today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.

The document was signed by ROSATOM’s Deputy Director General for International Relations Nikolay Spassky, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Congo in the Russian Federation David Maduka.


  
13.02.2018 22:01

February 13, 2018, Moscow. – ROSATOM and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations of the Republic of Congo today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.

The document was signed by ROSATOM’s Deputy Director General for International Relations Nikolay Spassky, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Congo in the Russian Federation David Maduka.


  
12.02.2018 14:40

ROSATOM’s Fuel Company TVEL has established a special purpose subsidiary “Rusatom – Additive Technologies” (RusAT, JSC). The new company as the industrial integrator will manage development of additive manufacturing technologies in ROSATOM.

The executive management of RusAT is commencing work in February, 2018. The company is to focus on four key areas, such as manufacturing of 3D-printers and their components, production of materials and metal powders for 3D-printing, software development for additive systems and services, rendering 3D-printing services and introduction of additive manufacturing technologies at industrial enterprises. 

Equipment and consumables will be produced at Rosatom enterprises, mainly at the two facilities of TVEL Fuel Company in Novouralsk, the Urals region of Russia, NPO Tsentrotech and Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant. 

RusAT as the industrial integrator will coordinate product development and its further elaboration while ensuring the orders pipeline and contracts. The business target of the new company is to grow its annual revenue up to RUB 50 bln by 2025 (about USD 860 mln in current rates) taking over 1.5% share of the global market. Alexey Dub, First Deputy Director General of Science and Innovation, JSC (Rosatom’s science division), appointed Director General of RusAt. 

“ROSATOM has developed a pre-production prototype of Gen II 3-D printer. Commercial production of the printer is scheduled for this year in Novouralsk. The Russian-made printer will be 20% cheaper than the foreign models and have a better performance.  At the same time, if we consider just medical institutions in Russia, they need up to one hundred of endoprostheses each year, and we can produce them with our 3D-printers,” Alexey Dub stated. 

Additive manufacturing technology has a number of advantages. First of all, this is a complex product form that is impossible to get by mechanical processing or casting, unique combination of materials (e.g., metal and ceramics), significant reduction of the item weight and prototype production time. At the same time, the application of 3D-printed devices ranges from nuclear and space technologies to medicine.


  
12.02.2018 14:40

ROSATOM’s Fuel Company TVEL has established a special purpose subsidiary “Rusatom – Additive Technologies” (RusAT, JSC). The new company as the industrial integrator will manage development of additive manufacturing technologies in ROSATOM.

The executive management of RusAT is commencing work in February, 2018. The company is to focus on four key areas, such as manufacturing of 3D-printers and their components, production of materials and metal powders for 3D-printing, software development for additive systems and services, rendering 3D-printing services and introduction of additive manufacturing technologies at industrial enterprises. 

Equipment and consumables will be produced at Rosatom enterprises, mainly at the two facilities of TVEL Fuel Company in Novouralsk, the Urals region of Russia, NPO Tsentrotech and Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant. 

RusAT as the industrial integrator will coordinate product development and its further elaboration while ensuring the orders pipeline and contracts. The business target of the new company is to grow its annual revenue up to RUB 50 bln by 2025 (about USD 860 mln in current rates) taking over 1.5% share of the global market. Alexey Dub, First Deputy Director General of Science and Innovation, JSC (Rosatom’s science division), appointed Director General of RusAt. 

“ROSATOM has developed a pre-production prototype of Gen II 3-D printer. Commercial production of the printer is scheduled for this year in Novouralsk. The Russian-made printer will be 20% cheaper than the foreign models and have a better performance.  At the same time, if we consider just medical institutions in Russia, they need up to one hundred of endoprostheses each year, and we can produce them with our 3D-printers,” Alexey Dub stated. 

Additive manufacturing technology has a number of advantages. First of all, this is a complex product form that is impossible to get by mechanical processing or casting, unique combination of materials (e.g., metal and ceramics), significant reduction of the item weight and prototype production time. At the same time, the application of 3D-printed devices ranges from nuclear and space technologies to medicine.


  
09.02.2018 21:27

The ROSATOM Festival of Science in New Delhi, dedicated to 30 years of Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, wrapped up today. Throughout its duration scientific and educational activities in the field of nuclear science and technology were held in Deli schools. The initiative was arranged with the support of ASE Group of Companies (a member of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation) and the Russian Center of Science and Culture in New Delhi. 

Russian scientists held interactive presentations for the schoolchildren. Speakers included research scientist at the Institute for Biophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS SB) Egor Zadereev and research scientist at the Institute for Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the RAS SB Daniil Gladkikh. They touched on many topics, like the longest-living animals and the evolution of science. 

Scientific journalist, editor of the popular science blog metkere.com Ilya Kabanov spoke about the most challenging scientific discoveries, breakthroughs, achievements in 2017. During the seminar, schoolchildren learned about discoveries in the field of astronomy, bioengineering, thermonuclear fusion and archeology.

On the day of Russian science - February 8 - the "Nuclear ABC book" was presented at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Delhi in two languages – English and Hindi. Schoolchildren were able to get acquainted with its content, also the books were handed over to the indian schools. 


  
09.02.2018 21:27

The ROSATOM Festival of Science in New Delhi, dedicated to 30 years of Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, wrapped up today. Throughout its duration scientific and educational activities in the field of nuclear science and technology were held in Deli schools. The initiative was arranged with the support of ASE Group of Companies (a member of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation) and the Russian Center of Science and Culture in New Delhi. 

Russian scientists held interactive presentations for the schoolchildren. Speakers included research scientist at the Institute for Biophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS SB) Egor Zadereev and research scientist at the Institute for Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine of the RAS SB Daniil Gladkikh. They touched on many topics, like the longest-living animals and the evolution of science. 

Scientific journalist, editor of the popular science blog metkere.com Ilya Kabanov spoke about the most challenging scientific discoveries, breakthroughs, achievements in 2017. During the seminar, schoolchildren learned about discoveries in the field of astronomy, bioengineering, thermonuclear fusion and archeology.

On the day of Russian science - February 8 - the "Nuclear ABC book" was presented at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Delhi in two languages – English and Hindi. Schoolchildren were able to get acquainted with its content, also the books were handed over to the indian schools. 


  
06.02.2018 15:56

On the 6th February 2018, the new superpower Unit 1 of Generation III+ with a VVER-1200 reactor at Leningrad II (part of the Power Division of ROSATOM) was brought up to the minimum controlled power (MCP).

Commenting on the event, General Director of Rosenergoatom Andrei Petrov said: “Achievement of MCP is the final link in the operation chain of the first criticality program of the unit which started on December 8, 2017. High quality and timely implementation of all planned works has allowed us to bring the reactor critical safe and in due time.”

In turn, Leningrad Plant Manager Vladimir Pereguda said: “It is symbolic that the plant started this year with a great achievement; it has produced a record amount of electricity for domestic nuclear power plants, 1 billion kWh. The team of Leningrad NPP has prepared Unit 1 for MCP in due time. And now, before our eyes, the most powerful unit is born to the family of Leningrad NPP which will multiply this achievement.”

 According to the first criticality program, in the next week the specialists will conduct a set of physical experiments. This will clarify the neutronics characteristics of the first reactor fuel charge obtained through the calculations as well as confirm reliability of functioning of protection features, interlocks and the entire nuclear physics monitoring and nuclear safety systems of the reactor.
  
Following the experiments, the first criticality program will be completed at Unit 1. The specialists will start to prepare to the first power and pilot commercial operation. During all these final stages all unit’s equipment will be functionally checked using operating parameters while releasing heat and electricity.

According to the master schedule, Leningrad II Unit 1’s first power and start of the pilot commercial operation are planned for spring this year. 

For information:

The minimal controlled power (MCP) is less than 1%. Approaching MCP means that the controlled chain fission reaction has started in the reactor; the neutron flux monitoring hardware has recorded stable neutron power of the reactor. Approaching MCP is one of the final operations of the first criticality stage of the unit.


  
06.02.2018 15:56

On the 6th February 2018, the new superpower Unit 1 of Generation III+ with a VVER-1200 reactor at Leningrad II (part of the Power Division of ROSATOM) was brought up to the minimum controlled power (MCP).

Commenting on the event, General Director of Rosenergoatom Andrei Petrov said: “Achievement of MCP is the final link in the operation chain of the first criticality program of the unit which started on December 8, 2017. High quality and timely implementation of all planned works has allowed us to bring the reactor critical safe and in due time.”

In turn, Leningrad Plant Manager Vladimir Pereguda said: “It is symbolic that the plant started this year with a great achievement; it has produced a record amount of electricity for domestic nuclear power plants, 1 billion kWh. The team of Leningrad NPP has prepared Unit 1 for MCP in due time. And now, before our eyes, the most powerful unit is born to the family of Leningrad NPP which will multiply this achievement.”

 According to the first criticality program, in the next week the specialists will conduct a set of physical experiments. This will clarify the neutronics characteristics of the first reactor fuel charge obtained through the calculations as well as confirm reliability of functioning of protection features, interlocks and the entire nuclear physics monitoring and nuclear safety systems of the reactor.
  
Following the experiments, the first criticality program will be completed at Unit 1. The specialists will start to prepare to the first power and pilot commercial operation. During all these final stages all unit’s equipment will be functionally checked using operating parameters while releasing heat and electricity.

According to the master schedule, Leningrad II Unit 1’s first power and start of the pilot commercial operation are planned for spring this year. 

For information:

The minimal controlled power (MCP) is less than 1%. Approaching MCP means that the controlled chain fission reaction has started in the reactor; the neutron flux monitoring hardware has recorded stable neutron power of the reactor. Approaching MCP is one of the final operations of the first criticality stage of the unit.


  
05.02.2018 15:43

At the end of January 2018, after a competitive tender, JSC TENEX in a consortium with FSUE RosRAO, the V. G. Khlopin Radium Institute and JSC SSC RIAR was chosen as the Operating Entity of the project on the development of technologies for analysing the ageing properties of fuel debris subsidised by the Japanese government. 

The project is managed by the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI, Japan). 

Within the framework of the project ROSATOM’s organisations will study the samples of corium generated from the Chernobyl NPP accident, and will manufacture model samples of Fukushima Daiichi NPP fuel debris in order to develop a prediction model for the changes of corium properties with the aim of using it for post-accident clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

The Director General of JSC TENEX Ms L.M. Zalimskaya said: “We view winning the MRI’s tender as another important step in the development of cooperation with our Japanese partners in the field of back-end.”    

 


  
05.02.2018 15:43

At the end of January 2018, after a competitive tender, JSC TENEX in a consortium with FSUE RosRAO, the V. G. Khlopin Radium Institute and JSC SSC RIAR was chosen as the Operating Entity of the project on the development of technologies for analysing the ageing properties of fuel debris subsidised by the Japanese government. 

The project is managed by the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI, Japan). 

Within the framework of the project ROSATOM’s organisations will study the samples of corium generated from the Chernobyl NPP accident, and will manufacture model samples of Fukushima Daiichi NPP fuel debris in order to develop a prediction model for the changes of corium properties with the aim of using it for post-accident clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

The Director General of JSC TENEX Ms L.M. Zalimskaya said: “We view winning the MRI’s tender as another important step in the development of cooperation with our Japanese partners in the field of back-end.”    

 


  
02.02.2018 16:40

At 18:30 President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave the start to the program of bringing up Rostov-4 to design power.

The head of state, who visited Rostov-on-Don with a working visit, took part in a video conference on the start-up of the nuclear power unit. He was reported on by Director General of ROSATOM Alexei Likhachev and Rostov Plant Manager Andrey Salnikov and greeted the nuclear workers with the labor victory. Earlier on the same day the turbine generator of Unit 4 was synchronized with the grid. The generated electricity started flowing into the unified power grid of the country.

In particular, the President noted that in 2017 nuclear power reached a record of 200 billion kWh of electricity. “I would like to thank you for this work. On the whole, nuclear power makes 19% of electricity in the total mix, but we will develop this sector further, which is highly technological and efficient,” he said.

“Certainly, it is very important that our competence is recognized all over the world; we continue construction both in the country and abroad. We build corresponding nuclear facilities in 12 world countries and will continue this work further,” Putin said.

According to the head of state, the commissioning of Rostov-4 will provide for the current and future needs in electricity not only of Rostov but of entire South Russia.

Alexei Likhachev said: “Volgodonsk is a unique university of contemporary builders. Here, the nuclear competences have been restored. We have shifted from the “heroic deed mode” of the beginning of the 2000s to the planned “conveyor built” of nuclear power plants. Here at Rostov land, a whole set of records have been set. The main circulation pipeline was welded in 96 days while the Soviet record was 150 days. The unit commissioning time from the first concrete to connection to the grid was reduced by 2-2,5 times. And the main thing, over 10 years of ROSATOM existence, we have learned to build right on time and price.”


  
02.02.2018 16:40

At 18:30 President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave the start to the program of bringing up Rostov-4 to design power.

The head of state, who visited Rostov-on-Don with a working visit, took part in a video conference on the start-up of the nuclear power unit. He was reported on by Director General of ROSATOM Alexei Likhachev and Rostov Plant Manager Andrey Salnikov and greeted the nuclear workers with the labor victory. Earlier on the same day the turbine generator of Unit 4 was synchronized with the grid. The generated electricity started flowing into the unified power grid of the country.

In particular, the President noted that in 2017 nuclear power reached a record of 200 billion kWh of electricity. “I would like to thank you for this work. On the whole, nuclear power makes 19% of electricity in the total mix, but we will develop this sector further, which is highly technological and efficient,” he said.

“Certainly, it is very important that our competence is recognized all over the world; we continue construction both in the country and abroad. We build corresponding nuclear facilities in 12 world countries and will continue this work further,” Putin said.

According to the head of state, the commissioning of Rostov-4 will provide for the current and future needs in electricity not only of Rostov but of entire South Russia.

Alexei Likhachev said: “Volgodonsk is a unique university of contemporary builders. Here, the nuclear competences have been restored. We have shifted from the “heroic deed mode” of the beginning of the 2000s to the planned “conveyor built” of nuclear power plants. Here at Rostov land, a whole set of records have been set. The main circulation pipeline was welded in 96 days while the Soviet record was 150 days. The unit commissioning time from the first concrete to connection to the grid was reduced by 2-2,5 times. And the main thing, over 10 years of ROSATOM existence, we have learned to build right on time and price.”


  
30.01.2018 13:01
On January 23, 2018, Uranium One, a ROSATOM international mining company, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina and UrAmerica Argentina S.A. signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of development of state-of-art uranium mining technologies in Argentina. The Memorandum confirms the interest of the Argentinean side in the development of the most efficient technology applied to uranium production – In Situ Recovery (ISR) – in partnership with Uranium One and mutual cooperation in this field.


  
30.01.2018 13:01

On January 23, 2018, Uranium One, a ROSATOM international mining company, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina and UrAmerica Argentina S.A. signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of development of state-of-art uranium mining technologies in Argentina. The Memorandum confirms the interest of the Argentinean side in the development of the most efficient technology applied to uranium production – In Situ Recovery (ISR) – in partnership with Uranium One and mutual cooperation in this field.


  
29.01.2018 13:10

Ganz Engineering and Energetics Machinery (Ganz EEM), a Hungarian company, which forms part of the ROSATOM’s Machine Engineering Division – ‘Atomenergomash’ (AEM) and its South African partner, energy solutions provider Blue World Power Energy and Resources recently signed a contract to supply hydro-electric equipment for the installation of a small scale hydro-electric power plant at Mpompomo Falls, near Barberton in Mpumalanga. 

Alexander Merten, the President of Rusatom International Network, which is the acting as the project integrator noted that this was the first of many envisaged mini – hydro projects in the Sub-Sharan African region. “This is our first contract with Blue World Power and Energy Services, with a scope to install a low-yield (under 1 Mw) hydro-electric power plant in South Africa. This is just the beginning of our envisaged large-scale cooperation program in the field of small-scale hydropower engineering in Central and South African countries”, noted Merten. 

ROSATOM offer numerous energy solutions for African countries and one of the most promising is an innovative containerized mini-hydropower plant with a design capacity of up to 2 MW. A single facility is capable of providing electricity to between 250 and 400 houses.  The installation requires no dam construction and causes no environmental harm to river and other reservoir ecology. The compact container solution makes it possible to considerably reduce the commissioning time and cuts construction costs drastically. The facility’s warranty period is 12 years, while its operational lifetime is roughly 30 years. The plant is easily controlled and monitored remotely via satellite, mobile communications network or the Internet (with a mobile option available). The technology of mini hydro-electric power plants integrates well with the existing power supply infrastructure of African countries, as it requires no additional network installation, and the estimated breakeven period for a plant with a design capacity of 1 MW and a capacity factor of 93%, is three years.

Gavin Carlson, Managing Director of Blue World Power Energy and Resources noted that the company is working on various potential projects in the African market. “These mini – hydro units have become our focus, as they are capable of bringing power quickly and efficiently to rural communities in Africa. ROSATOM and ourselves have made a commitment to powering Africa through innovative technologies, such as mini-hydro,” concluded Carlson.  

 


  
29.01.2018 13:10

Ganz Engineering and Energetics Machinery (Ganz EEM), a Hungarian company, which forms part of the ROSATOM’s Machine Engineering Division – ‘Atomenergomash’ (AEM) and its South African partner, energy solutions provider Blue World Power Energy and Resources recently signed a contract to supply hydro-electric equipment for the installation of a small scale hydro-electric power plant at Mpompomo Falls, near Barberton in Mpumalanga. 

Alexander Merten, the President of Rusatom International Network, which is the acting as the project integrator noted that this was the first of many envisaged mini – hydro projects in the Sub-Sharan African region. “This is our first contract with Blue World Power and Energy Services, with a scope to install a low-yield (under 1 Mw) hydro-electric power plant in South Africa. This is just the beginning of our envisaged large-scale cooperation program in the field of small-scale hydropower engineering in Central and South African countries”, noted Merten. 

ROSATOM offer numerous energy solutions for African countries and one of the most promising is an innovative containerized mini-hydropower plant with a design capacity of up to 2 MW. A single facility is capable of providing electricity to between 250 and 400 houses.  The installation requires no dam construction and causes no environmental harm to river and other reservoir ecology. The compact container solution makes it possible to considerably reduce the commissioning time and cuts construction costs drastically. The facility’s warranty period is 12 years, while its operational lifetime is roughly 30 years. The plant is easily controlled and monitored remotely via satellite, mobile communications network or the Internet (with a mobile option available). The technology of mini hydro-electric power plants integrates well with the existing power supply infrastructure of African countries, as it requires no additional network installation, and the estimated breakeven period for a plant with a design capacity of 1 MW and a capacity factor of 93%, is three years.

Gavin Carlson, Managing Director of Blue World Power Energy and Resources noted that the company is working on various potential projects in the African market. “These mini – hydro units have become our focus, as they are capable of bringing power quickly and efficiently to rural communities in Africa. ROSATOM and ourselves have made a commitment to powering Africa through innovative technologies, such as mini-hydro,” concluded Carlson.  

 


  

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