With a green light from Russian nuclear power regulator Rostechnadzor, the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 2 close to Ukraine in Western Russia, has been designated a commercial operation thirty (30) days ahead of schedule, Rosatom said Friday.
The VVER-1200 reactor is deemed the flagship of Rosatom’s Generation III Plus PWR-model. It is the world’s only Generation III Plus design in serial construction. Unit 2 at the Novovoronezh plant is the third completed unit in the series, following Unit 1 at Novovoronezh and Unit 1 at the Leningrad II Nuclear Power Plant project. The previous VVER-12000 models were launched in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Novovoronezh Unit 2 was connected to the grid on May 1, 2019. It has already generated 2.5 billion kWh of electricity for the region.
The innovative Generation III+ power unit, equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor, has economic and safety advantagescompared to the previous generation (VVER-1000). One key advantage: It has 20 percent more powerful than the previous generation. It also requires 30 to 40 percent fewer personnel to operate. Its expected lifetime of 60 years with a possible addition of 20 more is also an economic gain.
Finland, Hungary, China, Bangladesh and Belarus are all working on Generation III Plus VVER-1200 projects. Rosatom’s foreign orders portfolio currently comprises of 36 VVER unit projects at different implementation stages across 12 markets.
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