News of Nuclear Industry

10.08.2018 13:35

At the construction site of the innovative power unit No 2 with the VVER-1200 reactor of Leningrad NPP, the specialists completed the assembly of all the main equipment of the turbine building. The work inside the turbine building is conducted according to the schedule.

“To date, we have put the stator, separators, moisture separator-reheaters, the deaerator, turbine condensers, high and low pressure heaters, and heat exchangers to the design places. The turbine shaft has been aligned; three travelling cranes have been successfully operated. Four places of the turbine building, which total area is almost 25 thousand square meters, are filled with more than 5 thousand tons of pipelines and almost 4 thousand units of valves that are being assembled”, Alexey Biryukov, the Chief Constructor of the Constructor Control Department of the Capital Projects Division of LNPP under construction, said.

 As specified by Kiril Mazurin, the Deputy Chief Engineer for Construction and Installation at the Capital Projects Division, the main construction in the 2nd unit turbine building are almost completed. The contractor’s personnel need to assemble the protective facing panels on the external surfaces of the building and complete the whole complex of finishing works inside. In the near future, they will go on to installing insulation, performing low-current and electrical installation works, laying the external and internal engineering networks.
  
In total, 71 technological systems will be located in the turbine building of the LNPP power unit No 2 with the VVER reactor 1200. The duration of each system’s installation directly affects the timing of the key operations at the stage of power unit commissioning. The timing of the cleanout of the technological systems to the open reactor, cold and hot trials, physical start-up, putting the turbine for shafting at the turning gear and other operations depends on how promptly and qualitatively the installers perform their work today.

“Construction, installation and finishing works at the new power units are conducted at the same time. The site uses the most advanced methods of work. In addition, all the workers at the facility have experience of effective cooperation and successful implementation of similar operations at the power unit No 1 with the VVER-1200 reactor, which is currently at the final stage of commissioning. All this allows not only to stay on schedule, but in some areas even to reduce the time”, the Deputy Director for Capital Construction – Head of Leningrad NPP Capital Construction Alexandr Chebotarev noted.

For reference:

Leningrad NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom. The Plant is located at the town of Sosnovy Bor, 40 km west of St. Petersburg on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. LNPP is the first plant in the country with RBMK-1000 reactors (thermal-neutron heat-pipe cooled uranium-graphite nuclear reactors). The NPP operates four power units with an electric capacity of 1,000 MW each. The first unit of replacement capacities with VVER-1200 reactor is at the physical start-up stage, the second VVER-1200 type unit is under construction. Rosenergoatom JSC is the customer-developer of the project, ATOMPROEKT JSC is the general designer, and CONTSERN TITAN-2 JSC is the general contractor.


  
10.08.2018 13:18

epresentatives of FSUE RosRAO (a ROSATOM’s enterprise) presented front-line anthropomorphic technologies for radioactive waste (RAW) management at the 3rd International Forum on the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was held in Iwaki (Fukushima Prefecture, Japan) on August 5-6.

The forum was attended by Japanese and foreign experts, including William Magwood, General Secretary of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

As part of the forum, a platform for exchange of opinions with experts and general public was organized. Denis Pleshchenko, Head of Communications Department of FSUE RosRAO, took part in the event. He delivered a paper on the experience in interaction with local communities in the Russian Federation.

The plenary session and exhibition were held on the second day of the forum where Sergey Florya, Deputy Director General for International Activities and New Businesses, and Dmitry Kucherov, Head of Project Office of Innovative Development and Implementation of International Activities of FSUE RosRAO, presented anthropomorphic robotic technologies for radioactive waste management in high-activity fields. “We are sure in viability of implementation of the unmanned technologies in the routine processes of decommissioning of nuclear- and radiation-hazardous facilities and RAW management. This year we demonstrated the experience in implementation of our anthropomorphic robot in RAW management of the decommissioning of legacy storage facilities,” Florya said.

For information:

Since 2014, FSUE RosRAO, with the support of TENEX-Japan (a TENEX’s subsidiary) and jointly with research organizations of ROSATOM, has actively participated in R&D aimed at elimination of consequences of the accident at Fukushima-Daiichi NPP and participated in the forum for second time. The uniqueness of this expert platform is determined, first, by the scale of the tasks at the plant and degree of involvement of the world professional community in solving them. This year, the event focused on independent and unmanned technologies for decommissioning; the experience and best practices of leading world countries was presented.


  
09.08.2018 14:53

Thousands of visitors received information materials about the role of nuclear in Zambia’s sustainable economic growth during the 92nd annual Agricultural and Commercial Show. 

The Zambian Ministry of Higher Education in collaboration with ROSATOM hosted a dedicated information stand on the future Zambia Center for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST). Representatives of ROSATOM and Zambia’s Interim Secretariat on Nuclear Science and Technology (ISNST), constituted by senior officers from various Government Ministries and Institutions, worked on the stand, explaining the specifics and benefits of the future nuclear facility to thousands of Zambian visitors. 

The stand provided the public with information on the nuclear technology that is set to assist Zambia to grow and be economically empowered, such as: food irradiation technologies, nuclear medicine (which is already being implemented at the Cancer Diseases Hospital), material science, radioisotope production and mineral identification techniques. The materials were prepared by ROSATOM, ISNST and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 

Dmitri Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, explained the future benefits of the Center and expressed the importance of educating the public on these benefits: “It is very important for the Zambian citizens to understand that the future Center will empower agriculture, medicine and industry, thanks to wide application of radiation technologies. The CNST will also promote the growth of national education and science through the training of highly qualified experts in various fields. It represents the new stepping stone for Zambian scientific, economic and technological growth. Similar facilities have been contributing to more than 50 countries’ around the world for more than 60 years. Currently, there are 245 working research reactors in the world with 58 units operated in Russia”.

Mr. Reuben Katebe, National Coordinator of the ISNST noted that the Center was directly in line with the theme of the show as well as government’s policy and that it would help the agricultural sector to grow sustainably and ensure food security: “The use of radiation for food preservation will improve food safety and create conditions for the increase of Zambian agricultural exports. We hope that our information stand helped many farmers to understand all the benefits that the Center will bring to them”. Apart from agriculture, healthcare will also benefit from the Center’s activities like single use medical product sterilization,” said Mr. Katebe: “The radioisotopes produced here will be used to diagnose and treat primarily cancer and cardiac diseases. This Center will increase availability of high-tech nuclear medicine for Zambia’s population”. 

For reference

ROSATOM and the Republic of Zambia signed a general contract for the construction of a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST). The signing took place during the 10th international Atomexpo-2018 forum in Sochi. Construction of the center is the first joint project of Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies. The center will be located 10 kilometers away from the capital of Zambia, Lusaka. The CNST will include a nuclear research facility based on a multipurpose research water-cooled reactor of up to 10 MW, a state of the art laboratory complex, multipurpose irradiation center as well as a cyclotron-based nuclear medicine center. The project will be implemented in several stages within 3-6 years from the work commencement date under the contract. ROSATOM has built more than 120 research reactors in Russia and abroad. 


  
07.08.2018 20:22

On the 4th of August in Szekszárd (Hungary) the first night of the musical “The Lomonosov’s Scroll” staged as part of the International Children’s Creativity Project NucKids-2018 was held in the Mihai Babic Culture Center. 

The Culture Center’s hall was full of friends and relatives of Hungarian participants as well as representatives of nuclear facilities of the city of Paks. Antal Kovac, Director of Information of Paks NPP, visited the show. He noted that the main thing in construction of nuclear power plants was the building of friendship between people. The NucKids project shares with us the pure kid’s friendship no construction and productions are possible without which. It is a good thing that such projects exist, he said.



The first night was successful; the Hungarian spectators viewed the spectacular performance which was full of bright musical compositions and remembering dance. Owing to technical capabilities of the Culture Center, the spectators could see all plans of the creativity team. Video projection, light, sound, all these helped the project participants to make the musical picturesque. 

“I liked it very much! So much the beautiful music, perfect dance, fabulous dresses! 80 minutes elapsed too quickly! It’s a pity that I am not on the stage but in the hall!” Nikita Ivanov, a representative of the Russian Club in Paks, said. 

This year the musical plot is not just filled with detective stories and Arthur Conan Doyle’s enigmas but references to the past. The hero of the musical, art expert Nil Garin, and his assistants tries to solve the enigma of the Lomonosov’s Scroll whose line is also felt in the scenario. While Nil Garin searched for the mysterious scroll in the modern Moscow, the spectators saw a part of life of the prominent Russian scientist. 

This year the performance involved 56 participants from Russia and 24 their counterparts from foreign countries: Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, India, Turkey and United Kingdom. The musical is headed, before, by producer Vladimir Karabanov and choreographer Maksim Nedolechko. The vocal trainer was Elena Ustimenko and music was written by Ilia Efimov. For the musical The Lomonosov’ Scroll the scenery was made by Andrey Shchaev and costumes – by Yana Vologzhanina. 

After the performance, all project participants got surprises from Paks NPP representatives. The kids were greeted with the first night, thanked for staying in Hungary and presented with two large cakes. Also, the plant employees composed a song about the project which they sang to the children at the farewell dinner. This move stroke all the project team. 

At this time the NucKids-2018 project participants moved to Ozersk where they picked up their Bangladesh performer, Faraj Said Kaisan. He will participate in subsequent performances. The first night in Ozersk is slated for August 9. Then, NucKids will go to Snezhinsk where they present their musical of August 12. The tour will end on August 15 and 16 by performances in Moscow’s Et Cetera Theater. 


  
07.08.2018 13:40

Over 40 specialists from Africa, Asia and Europe from ROSATOM partner countries learned about radiochemistry, radiation technologies and nuclear medicine.

On August 3rd, the First International Summer School on Radiochemistry (ISSR), organized by the Faculty of Chemistry of the Moscow State University (MSU), one of Russia’s top universities and ROSATOM successfully wrapped up at the MSU. 

Over 40 specialists from ROSATOM partner countries, including: Belarus, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Nigeria, Slovakia, South Africa and Turkey, learned about the innovative technologies in radiochemistry, radiation technologies and nuclear medicine. 

The lectures on the best Russian practices were delivered by: the professors of the Radiochemistry department of MSU Faculty of Chemistry, ROSATOM specialists, Burnasyan State Research Center, National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” and other specialists in nuclear medicine production. Experts from International Atomic Energy Agency and Imperial College of London added their international experience to the curriculum of the School.

 “International Summer School on Radiochemistry is the first in a series of educational courses that MSU and ROSATOM will conduct for the professors of the leading technical universities of partner countries as well as Centers’ for Nuclear Science and Technology specialists and managers. ROSATOM is planning to create such centers on various continents». The goal of these schools is to train future nuclear top-managers who will be supervising nuclear projects. Thanks to this, when Centers for Nuclear Science and Technology open in the partner country, it will not only have the production and research facilities ready, but also a human resource development system for training qualified specialists who are capable of conducting scientific research, managing modern equipment and applying the latest production technologies will be in place”, commented Valery Karezin, Head of Educational Programs at ROSATOM.
  
“In order to create not only the production and research facilities but also to develop scientific potential of its partner companies, ROSATOM needed a complex of educational courses, textbooks as well as master’s and post-graduate degrees. MSU Faculty of Chemistry is operating as the scientific and educational partner in training specialists in the field of radiochemistry”, says Stepan Kalmykov, Dean of MSU Faculty of Chemistry and Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

 


  
01.08.2018 15:30

At Unit 2 of Novovoronezh NPP Phase II the cold and hot trials (CHT) of equipment have started.

The CHT stage will last for about 100 days. The trials have started from the “cold” phase which will take 35 days according to the schedule.

“We have already carried out pressure tests of the primary and secondary circuits for the pressure of 3.2 and 2.0 MPa and confirmed integrity of these circuits,” Plant Manager of Novovoronezh NPP Vladimir Povarov noted. “Now, we are to switch on reactor coolant pumps and carry out necessary integrity and strength tests. We must confirm that all mechanisms work routinely and later come to stages which relate to obtaining a Rostechnadzor’s license for loading nuclear fuel in the reactor,” he said.


  
30.07.2018 13:15

On July 25, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, a solemn ceremony of signing the final acts on the executed works as per the contract between Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service - Risk Engineering was held. The contract aimed at feasibility study execution for possible life extension of the power unit No. 6 to 60 years.

The transfer protocol was signed by the Director General of Kozloduy NPP Mr. Ivan Andreev and Director General of Rusatom Service JSC Mr. Yevgeny Salkov. 

The event was attended by Energy Minister of Bulgaria Mrs Temenuzhka Petkova, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM Mr. Kirill Komarov, representatives of Kozloduy NPP, Bulgarian Energy Holding, Nuclear Regulatory Agency of Bulgaria and Rosatom enterprises, such as Rusatom Service JSC, Rosenergoatom Concern JSC, JSC OKB GIDROPRESS, who participated in the project.

The results of the work carried out within the framework of the project showed that the equipment, construction structures and systems examined are in good working order and, considering the existing maintenance and repair system, can be safely operated until 2051, subject to work on managing the resource characteristics and implementing recommendations specified in the conclusions.

“Together with our partners we have done a tremendous job. The successful implementation of the project made it possible thanks to the exceptionally responsible approach to the project by Russian and Bulgarian specialists, as well as cultural affinity and an atmosphere of trust. Our cooperation with Bulgaria in the field of nuclear energy counts over half of a century. Given the unique experience of ROSATOM, we will be happy to provide comprehensive support to Bulgarian colleagues on other nuclear energy projects”, Mr. Kirill Komarov said.

"The main priority for the Bulgarian Government is to preserve the potential and to develop nuclear energy in accordance with international standards of environmental protection and human health. Last year the power unit No. 5 at the Kozloduy NPP received a new ten-year license, today the project of extension the operating life of the 6th power unit is one of our most important tasks", Mrs. Petkova said.

For reference:

Rusatom Service JSC is a member of the "Electric Power" division of The Rosatom State Corporation. The company provides full range of services and supplies required for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants that operate VVER-type reactors. Now, the company has been present on the market in almost every country with existing NPP VVER power units outside Russia. The Rusatom Service holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants. 

 


  
30.07.2018 13:15

On July 25, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, a solemn ceremony of signing the final acts on the executed works as per the contract between Kozloduy NPP and Consortium Rusatom Service - Risk Engineering was held. The contract aimed at feasibility study execution for possible life extension of the power unit No. 6 to 60 years.

The transfer protocol was signed by the Director General of Kozloduy NPP Mr. Ivan Andreev and Director General of Rusatom Service JSC Mr. Yevgeny Salkov. 

The event was attended by Energy Minister of Bulgaria Mrs Temenuzhka Petkova, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM Mr. Kirill Komarov, representatives of Kozloduy NPP, Bulgarian Energy Holding, Nuclear Regulatory Agency of Bulgaria and Rosatom enterprises, such as Rusatom Service JSC, Rosenergoatom Concern JSC, JSC OKB GIDROPRESS, who participated in the project.

The results of the work carried out within the framework of the project showed that the equipment, construction structures and systems examined are in good working order and, considering the existing maintenance and repair system, can be safely operated until 2051, subject to work on managing the resource characteristics and implementing recommendations specified in the conclusions.

“Together with our partners we have done a tremendous job. The successful implementation of the project made it possible thanks to the exceptionally responsible approach to the project by Russian and Bulgarian specialists, as well as cultural affinity and an atmosphere of trust. Our cooperation with Bulgaria in the field of nuclear energy counts over half of a century. Given the unique experience of ROSATOM, we will be happy to provide comprehensive support to Bulgarian colleagues on other nuclear energy projects”, Mr. Kirill Komarov said.

"The main priority for the Bulgarian Government is to preserve the potential and to develop nuclear energy in accordance with international standards of environmental protection and human health. Last year the power unit No. 5 at the Kozloduy NPP received a new ten-year license, today the project of extension the operating life of the 6th power unit is one of our most important tasks", Mrs. Petkova said.

For reference:

Rusatom Service JSC is a member of the "Electric Power" division of The Rosatom State Corporation. The company provides full range of services and supplies required for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants that operate VVER-type reactors. Now, the company has been present on the market in almost every country with existing NPP VVER power units outside Russia. The Rusatom Service holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants. 

 


  
26.07.2018 16:23

26 July 2018, The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of ROSATOM, today signed an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of non-power related uses of nuclear technology on the sidelines of BRICS Summit. 


  
26.07.2018 16:23

26 July 2018, The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of ROSATOM, today signed an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of non-power related uses of nuclear technology on the sidelines of BRICS Summit. 


  
26.07.2018 10:52

The Jury of the international Fidic Awards 2018 has conferred the Award of Merit to the Russian Company JSC ASE EC (Engineering Division of ROSATOM).

In this year, the project of the interim spent fuel storage facility (SFSF) constructed as part of the Ignalina NPP decommissioning has taken the Award of Merit. It has been implemented by Nukem Technologies GmbH, the German subsidiary of ASE that is engaged in RAW/SNF and NPP decommissioning projects.  The project has been financed by the  European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) by the aid of the International Support Fund of the Ignalina NPP Decommissioning Project. 

The project was managed by using the FIDIC contract tools that allowed its efficiency and transparency during the project implementation and involving the majority of participants. 

The universal recognition of the SFSF construction project testifies to the high-level competences and technologies of ROSATOM’s Engineering Division.

The FIDIC Awards 2018 awarding ceremony of the competition winners will be held as part of the international FIDIC infrastructure conference in Berlin (Germany) on September 9-10, 2018. The same Conference will elect the “Best project of the year” from the companies that have taken the Award of Merit. 

For reference:

The FIDIC Awards competition is annually held by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). JSC ASE EC has won the possibility to participate in the competition as a member of the National Association of the Consulting Civil Engineers that is a member of FIDIC.

ASE (the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation) was established by uniting the leading companies of the industry: EC ‘ASE,’ JSC, ‘Atomstroyexport,’ JSC, ‘Atomenergoproekt,’ JSC and ‘ATOMPROEKT,’ JSC. ASE is one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering holding 31% of the global NPP construction market. Its representative offices, branches and front offices are operating within the territories of 15 countries. Almost 80% of the order portfolio is composed of overseas projects. It implements designing and construction projects for high-power NPPs, RAW and SNF management facilities, thermal power facilities and renders the full range of EPC, EPC(M) and PMC services for any complex engineering facilities. ASE develops and actively integrates the innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering facilities construction that allows such parameters as budget, deadlines and quality to be more efficiently managed.


  
26.07.2018 10:52

The Jury of the international Fidic Awards 2018 has conferred the Award of Merit to the Russian Company JSC ASE EC (Engineering Division of ROSATOM).

In this year, the project of the interim spent fuel storage facility (SFSF) constructed as part of the Ignalina NPP decommissioning has taken the Award of Merit. It has been implemented by Nukem Technologies GmbH, the German subsidiary of ASE that is engaged in RAW/SNF and NPP decommissioning projects.  The project has been financed by the  European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) by the aid of the International Support Fund of the Ignalina NPP Decommissioning Project. 

The project was managed by using the FIDIC contract tools that allowed its efficiency and transparency during the project implementation and involving the majority of participants. 

The universal recognition of the SFSF construction project testifies to the high-level competences and technologies of ROSATOM’s Engineering Division.

The FIDIC Awards 2018 awarding ceremony of the competition winners will be held as part of the international FIDIC infrastructure conference in Berlin (Germany) on September 9-10, 2018. The same Conference will elect the “Best project of the year” from the companies that have taken the Award of Merit. 

For reference:

The FIDIC Awards competition is annually held by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). JSC ASE EC has won the possibility to participate in the competition as a member of the National Association of the Consulting Civil Engineers that is a member of FIDIC.

ASE (the Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation) was established by uniting the leading companies of the industry: EC ‘ASE,’ JSC, ‘Atomstroyexport,’ JSC, ‘Atomenergoproekt,’ JSC and ‘ATOMPROEKT,’ JSC. ASE is one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering holding 31% of the global NPP construction market. Its representative offices, branches and front offices are operating within the territories of 15 countries. Almost 80% of the order portfolio is composed of overseas projects. It implements designing and construction projects for high-power NPPs, RAW and SNF management facilities, thermal power facilities and renders the full range of EPC, EPC(M) and PMC services for any complex engineering facilities. ASE develops and actively integrates the innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering facilities construction that allows such parameters as budget, deadlines and quality to be more efficiently managed.


  
25.07.2018 10:06

On the 24th of July 2018 Vyacheslav Ruksha has been appointed the Deputy Director of ROSATOM and Director for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Directorate of ROSATOM who previously had held the position of the Director General of FSUE Atomflot.


  
25.07.2018 10:06

On the 24th of July 2018 Vyacheslav Ruksha has been appointed the Deputy Director of ROSATOM and Director for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Directorate of ROSATOM who previously had held the position of the Director General of FSUE Atomflot.


  
17.07.2018 17:37

Leningrad NPP II Unit 2 with VVER-1200 has completed welding of the perlite section and heat treatment of butts of the main circulation pipeline (MCP). All pipeline components have been connected and welded to the reactor pressure vessel, steam generators and main coolant pumps.

Specialists of the general contractor did this thermal installation job for 85 days. This is 23 days less than required for such operation at Unit 1 in 2015.


  
17.07.2018 17:37

Leningrad NPP II Unit 2 with VVER-1200 has completed welding of the perlite section and heat treatment of butts of the main circulation pipeline (MCP). All pipeline components have been connected and welded to the reactor pressure vessel, steam generators and main coolant pumps.

Specialists of the general contractor did this thermal installation job for 85 days. This is 23 days less than required for such operation at Unit 1 in 2015.


  
17.07.2018 16:05
The experts of the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO MC) completed the review of Unit 1 of Leningrad NPP with VVER-1200 reactor.
17.07.2018 16:05
The experts of the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO MC) completed the review of Unit 1 of Leningrad NPP with VVER-1200 reactor.

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