A report from the Kursk nuclear power plant in European Central Russia – near the Russian-Ukraine border – announced the completion of the base plate for the first of four VVER-TOI reactors planned for Kursk II.
Near the end of their operational life expectancies, Kurks I Units 1 and 2 are scheduled for decommissioning. They are RBMK pressurized tube reactors with an expected operational life span of 30-40 years. The VVER-TOI models have several advantages, including an expected life span of 60 years, a 25 percent greater generation capacity and the need of about 30 percent to 40 percent less staff required for ongoing operations.
Unit 1 for Kursk II is expected to begin its service life in 2020, according to Nuclear Engineering International. This will be followed by Unit 2 in 2023, Unit 3 in 2024 and Unit 4 in 2026.
The first concrete pour for Kursk II, Unit 1, began in late April. It was expected that it would take 16,000 cubic meters of concrete to complete the first foundation slap for the reactor building.
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