Construction begins of 300MW nuclear power unit in Seversk, Russia

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jun 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Construction has begun of a 300MW nuclear power unit with a coolant BREST-OD-300 fast reactor at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine, which is an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Seversk, Russia’s Tomsk region.

 As per the planned timeline, the BREST-OD-300 reactor will commence operating in 2026.

 By 2023, a fuel production facility will be constructed.

 The construction of an irradiated fuel reprocessing module is slated to commence by 2024.

 The construction event was attended by Tomsk regional governor Sergei Zhvachkin, Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev, Kurchatov Institute president Mikhail Kovalchuk and other guests.

 Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev said: “The nuclear power industry’s resource base will practically become inexhaustible thanks to the infinite reprocessing of nuclear fuel. At the same time, the future generations will be spared the problem of accumulating spent nuclear fuel.

 “The successful implementation of this project will allow our country to become the world’s first owner of the nuclear power technology which fully meets the principles of sustainable development in terms of environment, accessibility, reliability, and efficient use of resources. Today, we reaffirm our reputation as a leader in world progress in the nuclear technologies, that offers humanity unique solutions aimed at improving people’s lives.”

 rRosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company president Natalia Nikipelova said: “The implementation of the ‘Breakthrough’ project embraces not just development of innovative reactors, but also introduction of the new generation technologies of nuclear fuel cycle. Firstly, this includes production of dense nitride MNUP fuel, which will ensure the efficient operation of a lead-cooled fast reactor and consist entirely of recycled nuclear materials such as plutonium and depleted uranium.

 “Secondly, this means more efficient and economically attractive radiochemical technologies for the processing of irradiated fuel and waste management. Taken together, they will make the nuclear power of the future in fact renewable with a practically waste-free production chain.”


Image: By 2023, a fuel production facility will be constructed.  Credit: Stefan Kuhn from Pixabay


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