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Fuel Assemblies 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
in Kiev.
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 under construction.
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
operating lifetime.
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 lifetime operating
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 autumn.

Zdroj: NucNet

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