01.03.2011  Kursk NPP Public Information Centre

State Duma Committee on Energy recommended that the Government of the Russian Federation should provide for construction of Kursk NPP-2 and take a decision on power unit No.5.

On March 1, 2011, at the visiting meeting at Kursk NPP, State Duma Committee on Energy recommended that the Government of the Russian Federation should provide construction of KNPP-2 on the basis of a VVER-TOI typical project in order to replace Kursk NPP power units Nos. 1 and 2 to cover the deficiency of the region basic capacity for a long-term period. 

Before the meeting started, the deputies had examined the central hall and the first stage unit control room, and Kursk NPP turbine hall.

The meeting of State Duma Committee on Energy was held with the participation of Rosatom State Corporation and Rosenergoatom Concern representatives, representatives of Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, heads of Kursk NPP executive and legislative branches, Heads of Kursk NPP and the Mass Media.

According to Yury Lipatov, Chairman of the Committee on Energy, the prospects of Kursk nuclear plant and Kurchatov, the NPP city-satellite, development, are easy to forecast. “The townsmen must understand what future they are to expect, - he underlined, - and our decisions are aimed exactly at its provision”.

The significance of the law platform for the technologic solutions was noted by Tatyana Elfimova, secretary of state, Deputy General Director of Rosatom State Corporation on nuclear power. Having named a number of most important stages in a joint work with law-makers, she underlined that cooperative work allowed provision of nuclear industry future development. She also noted the State Duma Committee on Energy proposals and recommendations to the Russian Federation Government, 
concerning the updating of the General Plan of electric power facilities layout, with the Kursk NPP-2 power units Nos. 1 and 2 put into operation in 2020 and 2023 respectively, as one more important stage in such a work.

Sergey Obozov, Rosenergoatom Concern General Director, noted that the Concern must carry out technical and economic researches on the contents and terms of the introduction of replacement capacities and, due to TEI results, take the decision on power init No. 5. “It is evident, - Sergey Obozov noted, - that a mere commissioning of Kursk NPP power unit No. 5 does not resolve the problem of facilities replacement”.

In course of the meeting it was especially marked that the VVER-TOI project was a new standard project of the power unit of VVER technology, optimized and computerized. The new generation of NPPs, where the reduction of investments into the industrial construction of a serial power unit by up to 20%, the reduction of annual operation expenses compared with those of operating NPPs with the VVER-1000 reactors by up to 10%, and the improvement of security level as well are provided, will start exactly on the Kursk land.

General state of affairs in Russian NPPs power unit construction, the issues of nuclear power industry development legislative support were also considered at the meeting.

The decision of Kursk nuclear plant construction was taken in September, 1996. The necessity of Kursk NPP construction was caused by fast development of industrial and economic complex of Kursk Magnetic Anomaly. Here the country largest Starooskol electro-metallurgy combine and the centre of iron-oxide basin of Kursk Magnetic Anomaly: Mikhailovsk, Lebedinsk, Stoilensk mining combines, Lipetsk metallurgic combine, are located. In 1971, the works at the industrial site of Kursk NPP, located 3 km to the west from the future Kurchatov city, were started, and by 1985, 4 power units with RBMK-1000 reactor type had been put into operation. Totally, 696.5 B KWh of electric power had been produced at Kursk NPP by 2011.

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