Floating NPP: commissioning and delivery of heat power to the city of Pevek are planned for summer

Pevek, the most northern port in Russia, has hosted a meeting dedicated to the commissioning of the floating nuclear heat and power plant (a project by the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, a part of the Rosatom State Corporation) featuring the government of the Chukotka Autonomous Region and the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. The main topics where the construction of the floating NPP’s coastal infrastructure facilities and the development of social amenities in Pevek where the NPP is located.

The residents of Pevek and the city administration where primarily interested in how the NPP can take over the function of heat supply to the city. As it was announced during the meeting, according to the construction schedule at the floating NPP’s production site, the heat supply pipes have been connected to the city grid.

‘We have completed the installation of supply lines, and we will commence the flushing and the hydrotests according to the scheduled approved by Pevek administration. Besides, we have made arrangements with the Chauny district utilities service with regard to temporary heat delivery to the city taking into consideration all upcoming city grid upgrades, which will be in place during the initial period of time’, Vitaliy Trutnev, the director of the ‘Floating nuclear heat and power plants construction and operation department’ at the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, said.

The next step will be to revamp the heat economy of the city: utility networks laying and installation of private heat supply stations at homes are scheduled for summer and autumns. By summertime, the connection of the 5th Pevek district is to be completed. It is expected that all works related to setting up the regular heat supply from the floating NPP are due to be completed by 2021.

Another important aspect was the progress on the upcoming commissioning of the floating NPP. ‘For early March, we have planned additional trials, following which we will submit the document to Rostekhnadzor with a view to receiving a Statement of Compliance. This is a document confirming that the facility has been constructed in accordance with the design documentation. The commissioning of the floating NPP is planned for this summer’, Vitaliy Trutnev stressed.

Additionally, the development of social amenities in Pevek was discussed during the meeting.

‘Being a socially responsible company, Rosenergoatom is interested in the development of the Chukotka region, and this is the area where we have made a commitment to the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Region to help Pevek’, Jumberi Tkebuchava, the First Deputy CEO of Rosenergoatom Key Functions, said. ‘The investment will be split 50:50 between the regional government and our company. Currently, we are working together on the Pevek city development program, which would encompass the construction of social amenities, sports grounds, etc. We will also invest into the ‘Orange atom’, a basketball project at the city school organized by the Company. We have already assisted in setting up a modern ‘nuclear class’ for the school children. Generally, the idea of the program is to make lives of the Pevek residents and the floating NPP employees more comfortable. We have already purchased 140 apartments to serve the needs of the floating NPP staff, the Federal National Guard Troops Service, and the Federal Rescue Service. A new canteen is due to open in March. People see that the nuclear power industry brings life to the city, and now the Chukotka Autonomous region has real development prospects’.

It is important to note that the floating NPP delivered the first batch of electric power into the isolated network of the Chauny-Bilibino power hub on December 19, 2019. As of February 25, 2020, since its connection to the grid, the NPP has delivered over 21 million Kwh of electric power into the isolated network of the Chauny-Bilibino power hub.

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