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Russia celebrates 65th anniv of 1st commercial nuclear power plant

Published : 08 Jul 2019 08:41 PM | Updated : 04 Sep 2020 06:45 PM

Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of world’s first nuclear power plant, which was connected to grid for commercial purpose in the then Soviet Union, according to Russian nuclear giant Rosatom press release. On June 27, 1954 Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant with just 5 MW capacity was commissioned by the then Soviet Union in the city of Obninsk, approximately hundred kilometers southwest of Moscow. The plant operated successfully for almost five decades, until it was closed on April 29, 2002.

“Looking back on the last 65 years, the evolution of nuclear technology has made it safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever. Since 1954, our industry has learnt many lessons and has implemented many safeguards, best practices and has adopted such high standards, that a world without nuclear power is now unthinkable,” said Alexey Likhachev, Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Russia.

“We are now proud to be able to offer our state of the art generation 3+ VVER-1200 nuclear reactor technology for power generation,” he added.Rosatom, the Russian nuclear giant is kick-starting a series of events to mark the 65th year of the first nuclear power plant of the world, which also set the foundation of Russia’s nuclear energy industry.

Celebrations commenced at the Rosatom corporate headquarter in Moscow. The Russian media was taken on a tour of the Obninsk nuclear power plant. The city of Obninsk will also host concerts and award giving ceremonies as well as hosting an international scientific and technical conference on nuclear energy to mark the occasion.

Russia today is the global leader in nuclear power plant construction with a portfolio of 36 units in 12 countries. Russia now offers latest generation 3+ VVER technology which is also being used for the 2400MW Nuclear Power Plant at Rooppur in Pabna, Bangladesh. The VVER-1200 is considered to be the safest reactor in the world today and it completely fulfills all the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear power units with VVER-1200 reactors are now at various stages of implementation in Bangladesh, Belarus, Turkey, Finland, Egypt, Uzbekistan and Hungary.

Evolutionary model of VVER technology, the VVER-1200 reactor has some advantages over its predecessor VVER-1000 like the capacity increased by 7 percent, number of required operational staff required reduced by 30-40 percent.