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For Ukrainian N-Plants
Russia says a contract for the delivery of ‘upgraded,
more economical and
efficient’ fuel assemblies to three Ukrainian nuclear
units will be signed today
The contract will be signed between Russian nuclear fuel
manufacturer TVEL and
Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom, and will cover
deliveries of fuel
assemblies to units two and three at the Khmelnitski
nuclear plant, and to unit
four of the Rovno nuclear plant – all of which are
Russia says that the fuel assemblies “feature a new,
more rigid design and
improved operational safety”, and that manufacturing of
the new assemblies has
already started at TVEL’s Mashinostroitelny Zavod plant.
It adds that, to date,
all “Ukraine-destined fuel assemblies have been
produced by another corporate
entity – the Novosibirsk plant of chemical concentrates”.
The development comes after a contract for the supply of
nuclear fuel from TVEL
to Ukraine’s 13 operating nuclear power units was
signed three years ago.
Lifetime Licence Extension For Kola-1
The Russian nuclear regulatory body, Gosatomnadzor, has
issued a five-year
lifetime extension for unit one of the Kola nuclear
plant, situated near Murmansk
in the north of the country.
Lifetime extension works at Kola-1 were given the go-ahead
by the Russian
government almost three years ago (see News No. 358, 31st
October 2000). Kola-1
is the third VVER-440 unit in Russia licensed beyond its
original 30-year design
The four-unit plant has a total capacity of 1760
megawatts, and was the first
Russian nuclear plant to be built beyond the Polar Circle.
Unit one entered
commercial operation in 1973, while units two to four
entered operation in 1975,
1982 and 1984, respectively.
The Nuclear Society of Russia (NSR) says that extended
licences for the Leningrad and Bilibino nuclear plants
are expected to be issued
by the end of this year, while modernisation works are
under way at unit two of
the Kursk nuclear plant.
Work to extend the operating lifetime of Novovoronezh-4
by 15 years was
completed in 2002, while modernisation works at Kursk-1
were also completed.
Meanwhile, following a recent visit to London, Russian
deputy minister of atomic
energy Sergei Antipov said that the UK has “confirmed
its intention” to give a
total of 750 million US dollars (USD) over a 10-year
period to Russia under the
global partnership initiative (see News No. 367, 29th
November 2002). The money
will be used for the decommissioning of nuclear
submarines, and for other
nuclear-related environmental projects in Russia.
Mr Antipov said that he expects a contract to conclude
payment of the first
instalment, worth USD 56 million, will be signed this
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