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Russia presented aspects of VVER reactor safety at the 2nd European Nuclear Power Briefing


On September 22-25, 2013 the 2nd European Nuclear Power Briefing 2013 was held inBudapest. On the briefing the prospects of increase of the nuclear power engineering share in the new member states of the European Union were discussed.  The Vice-President of JSC Rusatom Overseas Jukka Laaksonen showed the presentation devoted to the peculiarities of modern Russian VVER reactors. He mentioned that 68 NPPs with VVER reactors are at the operation or construction stage in 11 countries in 2013 and the total operation experience of almost 1,500 reactor years has already been gained. The Russian nuclear power industry development program till 2030 provides for construction of 24 new nuclear units equipped with VVER reactors. The new generation of the water-cooled reactors developed by Russian engineers “corresponds to strict post-Fukushima safety requirements”.


Jukka Laaksonen stressed that VVER-1200 reactors can hold such extreme external actions as tsunami or even theoretically possible airplane crush. Moreover, the modern VVER reactors have the safety systems which can ensure long heat abstraction and neutralize hydrogen without human interference even under the conditions of a serious accident. The Vice-President noted that to achieve the maximum safety level Rosatom cooperates with international organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom proposes design, construction and operation of the NPP, a full complex of nuclear fuel cycle products and services to its partners.



Source: press service of JSC Rusatom Overseas