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Leningrad II Unit 1 Crosses the 5 TWh in a Single Year
The 1 power plant at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, Phase II, located in North-West Russia, has produced 5,7 terawatt hours of electricity since it was connected to the 9 network on March 2018, the state-owned Rosatom nuclear company announced yesterday. . The unit became the second VVER-1200 reactor to start after the 2016 launch of the Novovoronezh 6 unit.
The economic impact of the Leningrad II 1 unit, in the form of additional taxes on the consolidated budget of the Leningrad region, will be greater than 3 billion rubles (46 million dollars) per year, said Rosatom. The impact for the inhabitants of Sosnovy Bor is not only the employment, but also the low heating cost of 388 RUB per gigacalorie, he added.
The unit was synchronized with the 9 March 2018 network and then passed all necessary tests at different power levels, from 30% to 100%. In October 2018, it went into commercial operation and entered the capacity market from the beginning of this year.
Its quick start meant that the Leningrad nuclear power plant exceeded the 5,05 power generation plan of Rosatom's operating subsidiary, Rosatom by 2018% and made "a significant contribution" to its annual balance sheet, Rosatom said. This year, the national target of the Leningrad nuclear power plant is 28,3 TWh, which is 2% more than in 2018. Almost 30% of this target should be reached by the new unit, he said. added.
Located about 40 kilometers west of St. Petersburg, on the Gulf Coast of Finland, the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Russia in terms of installed capacity, ie 4 200 MWe. It is also the only plant in the country with two types of reactors - RBMK-1000 and VVER-1200.
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The 2 power plant at the Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant in south-west Russia yesterday started the physical launch process after receiving regulatory approval, Rosenergoatom, operating subsidiary of the Russian nuclear company, said. State Rosatom. The VVER-1200 reactor was brought back to the minimum controlled power the March 22.
"The actual values of the physical neutron characteristics of the reactor core correspond to those of the design and so we can move on to the next step, the start of the energy," said Povarov.
This step consists in progressively increasing the reactor power from 1% to 35-40% in several steps. Rosenergoatom said that this level of power allows the connection of the turbogenerator to the grid and the start of electricity production, scheduled for next month. Then there will be the long process of increasing the power level to 100%. The commissioning of the unit is planned before the end of the year.
Novovoronezh II-2 will be the third VVER-1200 to be put into service, after Novovoronezh II-1 and Leningrad II-1, launched respectively in 2016 and 2017.