The latest Russian Power Unit Generation, identical to El Dabaa Nuclear Unit, starts operations

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Published August 28th, 2016 - 11:24 GMT

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.

Background Information


The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. The company has assets and competencies to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain from uranium mining to decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent nuclear fuel management.ROSATOM brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. It is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, accounting for 18.7% of the country’s total generation of electricity. ROSATOM is the third in the world in nuclear power generation.The corporation is the global leader in simultaneous implementation of NPP power units and has the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP units in 12 countries). ROSATOM manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, carries out research and material studies. It also assembles supercomputers and designs software as well as different nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. The company has business ventures covering various clean energy projects, including wind energy. ROSATOM has second largest uranium reserves and 17% of the global nuclear fuel market.

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