News of Nuclear Industry

06.09.2018 17:12

TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM organized the IAEA Technical Meeting on light water reactor fuel enrichment beyond the 5% limit. The international seminar brought together over 40 experts from 12 countries and IAEA.

The three-day discussions were attended by nuclear industry experts, including representatives of national regulatory bodies, nuclear power generation companies, nuclear fuel producers and research institutes. The participants discussed prospects for the use of high enriched fuel, fabrication technologies, trends in the development of new advanced fuels, as well as safety and licensing issues. The seminar was opened and partly moderated by Mr. Alexei Dolgov, Director of R&D Department at TVEL Fuel Company.

Participants of the event also attended a technical tour to the fuel fabrication facility of the TVEL Fuel Company– Machine-building Plant (MSZ PJSC) in Elektrostal, Moscow Region.

It was noted during the seminar that transition to the use of nuclear fuels for LWRs having enrichments beyond 5% limit in U-235 would allow to implement the 18-month fuel cycle based on reprocessed uranium with increased content of U-236 absorbing isotope, and in future to introduce tolerant fuel and the 24-month fuel cycle based on uranium-erbium fuel. In addition, an increase in the fuel enrichment limit will allow to improve fuel efficiency by reducing the amount of fuel recharge.

‘The possibility of using fissile material with high enriched uranium is crucially important for creating tolerant fuel with non-zirconium fuel rods, which absorb more neutrons than traditional zirconium alloys. Increased fuel enrichment will compensate for parasitic neutron absorption without reducing the duration of the fuel cycle’, Mr. Alexei Dolgov noted.

TVEL Fuel Company in cooperation The National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, carried out a technical and economic feasibility study of  the transition to the use of fuel with enrichment beyond 5% level in VVER-1000/1200 reactors. According to Russian experts, introduction of such fuel at nuclear power plants will require only minor improvements in the handling and storage of fresh and spent nuclear fuel. There will be no need to build additional nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities. Specialists from MSZ fuel fabrication facility estimate that not more than a quarter of the existing equipment will require modernization for the production of high enriched fuel.

‘It was generally accepted that high enriched fuel above 5% is a technically viable option to optimize the use of nuclear fuel material in LWRs. This could be further limited by current regulatory requirements imposed on nuclear fuel cycle facilities and spent fuel management. Expected challenges were identified and mitigation was also discussed during the meeting. My observation from the meeting was that fuel experts move forward on a right track by considering both economic benefits and safety requirements’, said Mr. Ki Seob Sim, Scientific Secretary of the IAEA Technical Meeting, IAEA's Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology.

For reference:

TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, the production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company provides nuclear fuel for 72 power reactors in 14 countries, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL.

 


  
06.09.2018 17:05

On September 26-27, 2018 Murmansk will host the 11th Regional Public Dialogue Forum “Cooperation for the Arctic Sustainable Development” which is carried out under the auspices of the Public Council of ROSATOM with participation of the V. I. Vernadsky Non-governmental Environmental Foundation, the Russian Green Cross and a number of other public environmental organizations.

The event is organized by ROSATOM and aimed at wide discussion with participation of federal and regional authorities, business and scientific communities, civil society and local communities. The discussion will be on prospects of the Northern Sea Route, challenges to be come across, and a mechanism which provides effective dialogue between the governing bodies, business communities and general public in implementation of the Arctic projects. Governors of a number of the Arctic regions of Russia, Deputy Director General and Director of Directorate of the Northern Sea Route of ROSATOM V.V. Ruksha, Head of Department for Regional Liaison of ROSATOM A.V. Polosin and others are expected to take part in the event.

The Forum’s Program provides for work in three subject areas: “Development of the Arctic Region: New Opportunities, New Technologies”, “Social and Humanitarian Support to the Arctic Development Projects and Provisions for Dialogue”, and “Environmental Aspect in Implementation of the Arctic Project”. It will include a plenary discussion, parliamentary hearings on “Support of Russia’s State Interests and Development of International Cooperation in the Arctic”, technical tour to FSUE Atomflot as well as featured panels on “Arctic Pro Atom”, “Ecological Security of the Arctic: The Priority in Implementation of the Arctic Projects” (jointly with WWE of Russia), “Effective Interaction and Secured Public Consent in Implementation of Projects with Participation of ROSATOM”.

In the framework of the event the participants will have an opportunity to familiarize with results of the work of regional experts under the project “Green Square of Carbon-free Energy”. During the year, the university chairs in the nuclear-hosted regions of Russia have studied the role of nuclear power in reduction of burden to the environment; the participants with the best projects will come to the Forum.

Mass media accreditation may be requested at the Email: atom.dialog@gmail.com. Contact telephone number: +7 (495) 953-7465.

For information:

The dialogue forum is the format of communication that has become traditional long ago and is used by the ROSATOM’s Public Council for constructive exchange of views of specialists in nuclear power and representatives of the general public. Representatives of Russian and foreign public, local and regional authorities, sectoral and basic science, expert community, state powers who regulate nuclear and radiation safety, international organizations which carry out the cooperation in safety ensuring in the use of atomic energy (IAEA, OECD/NEA etc.), companies from Russia and foreign countries, nuclear trade unions and veteran organizations of different countries, and mass media are invited to participate in the forum. The dialogue forums have been held by ROSATOM since 2014. The forum has given a good account of oneself over these years. Annual conduct of the event in this format underlines the importance of the dialogue with the general public and openness of the nuclear sector.


  
29.08.2018 09:46

JSC Atomenergoprom has published its interim abridged consolidated financial report of the Group as per the International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) for six months which ended on June 30, 2018.

The consolidated earnings decreased by RUB 6.2 billion (or 25) and constituted RUB 312.9 billion. The drop in earnings of RUB 12.1 billion was predominantly due to the application of requirements of the new standard IFRS 15 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” starting from January 1, 2018. At the same time, the earnings from operations increased by RUB 5.9 billion with the major growth fell with sales of electricity and capacity.

In the first half of the 2018, the Group’s profit was RUB 112.8 billion that is RUB 71.2 billion higher than the similar indicator of the first half of 2017. The dynamics of this indicator was most significantly affected by single treatment by the Group of the profit of RUB 40.5 billion due to acknowledgement of two uranium mining joint ventures in Kazakhstan as a joint operation as per IFRS 11 “Joint Arrangements”. The positive dynamics of the profit was also affected by stabilization of currency exchange rates and, correspondingly, absence of loss on difference in exchange.

Over the first half of 2018 the Group’s assets did not change substantially. Main indicators of the financial stability and liquidity evidence the stable financial standing of the Group.


  
29.08.2018 09:46

JSC Atomenergoprom has published its interim abridged consolidated financial report of the Group as per the International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) for six months which ended on June 30, 2018.

The consolidated earnings decreased by RUB 6.2 billion (or 25) and constituted RUB 312.9 billion. The drop in earnings of RUB 12.1 billion was predominantly due to the application of requirements of the new standard IFRS 15 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” starting from January 1, 2018. At the same time, the earnings from operations increased by RUB 5.9 billion with the major growth fell with sales of electricity and capacity.

In the first half of the 2018, the Group’s profit was RUB 112.8 billion that is RUB 71.2 billion higher than the similar indicator of the first half of 2017. The dynamics of this indicator was most significantly affected by single treatment by the Group of the profit of RUB 40.5 billion due to acknowledgement of two uranium mining joint ventures in Kazakhstan as a joint operation as per IFRS 11 “Joint Arrangements”. The positive dynamics of the profit was also affected by stabilization of currency exchange rates and, correspondingly, absence of loss on difference in exchange.

Over the first half of 2018 the Group’s assets did not change substantially. Main indicators of the financial stability and liquidity evidence the stable financial standing of the Group.


  
27.08.2018 11:06
On August 25, 2018 the first fuel assembly was loaded into the core of Tianwan NPP Unit 4 in China.
27.08.2018 11:06
On August 25, 2018 the first fuel assembly was loaded into the core of Tianwan NPP Unit 4 in China.
23.08.2018 10:37
As the result of the scheduled outage at unit 2 of Temelin NPP in Czech Republic, a batch of 48 nuclear fuel assemblies of new modification TVSA-T.mod.2 (produced by TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom), has been loaded into VVER-1000 reactor.
23.08.2018 10:37
As the result of the scheduled outage at unit 2 of Temelin NPP in Czech Republic, a batch of 48 nuclear fuel assemblies of new modification TVSA-T.mod.2 (produced by TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom), has been loaded into VVER-1000 reactor.
22.08.2018 11:35

TENEX in a consortium with V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI), Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) and FSUE RosRAO have successfully fulfilled the first phase of works on the research project of the ageing properties of fuel debris. The project is subsidized by the Japanese government; its results will be used in the further works of post-accident clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi NPP. The project is managed by Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Japan.

The research resulted in the development of methods allowing creating model active samples of Fukushima Daiichi fuel debris, worked out on the basis of the prior study of Chernobyl corium and lava samples.

During the second phase, it is planned to produce the model samples of fuel debris necessary for further research, and to develop an ageing model describing the change of its properties over time. The project is to be finalized by March 2019.


  
22.08.2018 11:35

TENEX in a consortium with V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI), Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) and FSUE RosRAO have successfully fulfilled the first phase of works on the research project of the ageing properties of fuel debris. The project is subsidized by the Japanese government; its results will be used in the further works of post-accident clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi NPP. The project is managed by Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Japan.

The research resulted in the development of methods allowing creating model active samples of Fukushima Daiichi fuel debris, worked out on the basis of the prior study of Chernobyl corium and lava samples.

During the second phase, it is planned to produce the model samples of fuel debris necessary for further research, and to develop an ageing model describing the change of its properties over time. The project is to be finalized by March 2019.


  
20.08.2018 10:44
The installation of the device for catching the molten core material ("core catcher") has commenced at the construction site of power unit No 1 of Roopur NPP.  
20.08.2018 10:44
The installation of the device for catching the molten core material ("core catcher") has commenced at the construction site of power unit No 1 of Roopur NPP.  
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 13:35

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.


  
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. 


  

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