Alexey Likhachev, CEO of ROSATOM: “The commissioning of the power unit No. 2 of the VVER-1200 of the Leningrad NPP-2 is among the primary aims in nuclear industry”

On March 7, 2019 Alexey Likhachev, Chief Executive Officer of ROSATOM held a working meeting at the Leningrad NPP on the constructing of the power unit No. 2 with the VVER-2 of the Leningrad NPP-2. The preparation of the power unit for the commissioning was checked. Also, the construction team was assigned the task of productivity improvement within the conditions of safety assurance.

Alexey Likhachev: “The commissioning of the power unit No. 2 of the VVER-1200 of the Leningrad NPP-2 on schedule is among the primary aims of the ROSATOM State Corporation. We need to create an effective project management team in order to control the process of the constructing; also it is necessary for us to consider the best motivational methods applicable for all participants and to apply the positive experience gained earlier. In 2021, we are going to bring a new unit to market, thereby having ensured our country’s energy security”.

The project team led by Andrey Petrov, CEO of Rosenergoatom and by Vladimir Pereguda, Director of the Leningrad NPP successfully coped with the launching of the power unit No. 1 of the VVER-1200 of the Leningrad NPP-2 (No. 5 of the Leningrad NPP). At the end of 2018, it replaced with power margin the RBMK-1000 shut down for the decommissioning. Based on this experience, ROSATOM is pursuing the policy on the constructing of VVER-1200 units in Russia and abroad.

“I want to thank you all for the work done last year, - Alexey Likhachev said to the construction team and personally to Vladimir Pereguda. – It was both inspiring and economically correct. We reached the end of the year with good output results and with good financial figures. Now we have big plans regarding the second power unit, so we are ready to consider your offers on the project management of the constructing of the second power unit”.

Vladimir Pereguda noted that the main installation and construction work at the second power unit of the VVER-1200 of the Leningrad NPP is coming to an end. “We are starting the pre-commissioning; in May it is going to be the beginning of the spillage of active and passive safety systems according to the schedule. We are obliged to confirm the readiness of the power unit physical launch and for nuclear fuel loading. The physical launch is scheduled for the beginning of 2020; we must approach this event by the scheduled date.”

As explained by Alexandr Belyaev, Chief Engineering Officer of the Leningrad NPP-2, now the main efforts of the workers are focused on the preparing for the first milestone event at the stage of individual testing of the power unit. That event is the spillage of active and passive safety systems to an open reactor; during that process permeability of primary pipelines will be checked. According to him, all work in this area is carried out on schedule and there are no critical questions.

The Leningrad NPP is the country’s first plant with RBMK-1000 reactors (uranium-graphite circuit-type reactor running on thermal neutrons). The decision that marked its construction was taken in September 1966 by a resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR and the Council of Ministers No. 800-252. According to that document, the Leningrad NPP was supposed to become a core in a network of nuclear power plants with RBMK-1000 reactors that were supposed to produce a substantial share of electric power. The construction of the Leningrad NPP was going well, and by 1973 the first power block was fully erected. On December 23, 1973, following stable 72-hours’ operation at the capacity of 150 megawatt, the State Commission signed the acceptance certificate stating that the first power block of the Leningrad nuclear power plant is commissioned for pilot production.

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