Belarus Unit 1 Attains 100% Power

The first power unit of Belarus NPP of the newest III+ generation with VVER-1200 reactor was brought to 100 percent rated power level on January 12, Rosatom announced.
 
“Commencement of power ascension to 100 percent is the main event at the stage of trial operation of any nuclear facility power unit”, said Vitaly Polyanin, ASE EC JSC project director for Belarus NPP construction.
 
Belarus NPPAfter verification of actual parameters and characteristics of the systems and equipment operation for conformity with the design values, the power unit will be put into commercial operation.
 
Start-up operations at Belarus NPP power unit 1 of III+ generation with VVER-1200 reactor started on August 7, 2020, when the first fresh fuel assemblies were loaded into the reactor core. On October 11, 2020, the reactor was brought to minimum controlled power level (less than 1% of the rated power). On November 3, 2020, the power unit was connected to the unified power grid of Republic of Belarus. On December 22, trial operation of the power unit commenced.
 
Belarus NPP Unit 1 has become the first Gen III+ unit in operation built abroad based on the Russian technologies. Currently, three power units of similar type are successfully operating in Russia, including two units at Novovoronezh NPP and one unit at Leningrad NPP. On January 3, 2021, the fourth power unit of +II generation - Unit 6 of Leningrad NPP, was brought to 100 percent power level.

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