Third VVER-1200 NPP in Russia enters commercial operation


Another VVER-1200 Nuclear Power Unit considered to be referential for Bangladesh’s under construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant starts commercial operation in Russia 30 days ahead of schedule, Russian state atomic energy corporation ROSATOM official said. 

Second unit of Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II, hosting generation III+ Russian VVER-1200 reactor, was put into commercial operation on Friday, after receiving green light from Russia’s regulatory authority Rostechnadzor. First VVER 1200 unit at the same NPP was launched in 2016, and a similar unit at Leningrad-II NPP in 2017. 

“We can now use this dual-unit NPP design as a reference for our foreign projects”, said Alexander Lokshin, First Deputy Director General for Operations Management of Rosatom and President of ASE Group of Companies. 

“We have accumulated vast experience in construction, production organization, procurement, supply, and finance, and we are continuously enhancing our effectiveness. This is crucial in meeting modern market requirements and facing the large-scale challenges in constructing nuclear power plants.”

 The newly launched unit is the 36th in Russia which takes the share of nuclear power to 27%, in Central Russia’s electricity grid, preventing greenhouse gas emissions by   four million tonnes on an average per year. 

The innovative Generation III+ power unit, equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor, has a number of economic and safety advantages when compared to the previous generation (VVER-1000). It produces 20% more power, requires 30 to 40% less manpower to operate, and has double lifetime of 60 years, with the provision of extending by another 20 years. Finland, Hungary, China, Bangladesh and Belarus among others have chosen this latest and the safest VVER-1200 reactor technology. Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is assisting these countries in implementing the projects. It may be mentioned here that Rosatom’s overall foreign orders portfolio currently comprises of 36 VVER units at different stages of implementation across 12 markets worldwide.

The first ever NPP for Bangladesh is being constructed with Russia’s technical and financial assistance at Rooppur village of Pabna district. There will be two VVER 1200 units, the first is expected to be commissioned in 2023 and the second in the following year.

ROSATOM is the only company in the world to offer integrated clean energy solutions across the nuclear supply chain and beyond, including design, construction and operation of nuclear power stations, uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, supply of nuclear fuel, decommissioning, spent fuel storage and transportation and safe nuclear waste disposal. With 70 years’ continuous experience, the company is the world leader in high-performance solutions for all kinds of nuclear power plants. It is also working in the segments of wind generation, nuclear medicine, energy storage and other.

Headquartered in Moscow, the company brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations and over 250,000 employees. Globally, the company has the second biggest uranium reserves, has more than a third of the world’s enrichment market, and is the world's biggest builder of the latest generation nuclear power stations and US$133 billion 10-years export order book.