World’s nuclear energy sector has recently witnessed a very important event – operation start of the most advanced Russian reactor. On August, 5, 2016 the innovative power unit of Generation III+ at Novovoronezh NPP was connected to the national grid and produced first 240 MW of electricity. That event crowns a huge amount of work in installation and adjustment of the equipment.
The innovative power units of Generation III+ have improved performance parameters. They are absolutely safe in operation and fully meet the IAEA’s post-Fukushima requirements. Their distinctive feature is a large number of passive safety systems that continue to operate automatically even in case of the plant blackout.
VVER-1200 is the most advanced and safe reactor, that is constructed in accordance with cutting-edge safety requirements. That particular type of reactors will be used in El-Dabaa. El-Dabaa NPP is the largest joint project of strategic importance between Russia and Egypt since the time of Aswan Dam construction. Advanced technologies used in this project will turn Egypt into the regional leader as it will become the only country that operates NPP with the latest Generation III+ reactor.
According to Asmaa Hanafi, Nuclear Engineer from Alexandria University, El Dabaa project and its advanced reactors will be instrumental in creating large job opportunities for Egyptian nuclear engineers and visibly contribute to the increase of research and development activities in nuclear field. One of the most important tasks for Egypt – to meet its increasing demand on clean energy – will be solved. El-Dabaa is a great example for other countries to move towards nuclear energy. That perspective is an entirely new chapter in the country’s development that will keep the pace of economic growth going.