The Novovoronezh NPP: State Duma representatives praise the best practices with regard to social policies adopted in Novovoronezh

On October 28, 2019, the members of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, 7th calling, the Voronezh Regional Duma, 6th calling, and heads of administration of the Kashirskian, Repiovskiy and Khokholskiy districts (Voronezh Region) paid a working trip to the city of Novovoronezh and the Novovoronezh NPP (an affiliate company of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company).

The goal is to study the best practices on social and economic development of the nuclear power city and see if it’s possible to deploy those in other Federal Subjects of Russia.

The delegation visited a number of landmarks in Novovoronezh. At the ‘Ostalnaya’ ice rink, the guests took part in opening the first hockey tournament for junior teams from cities where NPPs are located; reviewed the construction progress for a new sports complex with a swimming pool; visited the multi-functional ‘Start’ stadium. The representatives lay floral tributes to the main military memorial ‘The Stars of Glory’. The highlight of the visit was the observation deck of the innovative Novovoronezh NPP power blocks where one can marvel at the production scale.

Vladimir Povarov, the director at the Novoronezh NPP, delivered a presentation on the company being the principal employer and mainstay of the city. Thanks to the Agreement signed by the Voronezh Region and the Rosatom State Corporation back in 2012, new city facilities were built in Novovoronezh, which contributed over 2 billion rubles into the city budget.

‘Major sports facilities are planned to be completed next year, and then we are to switch to the infrastructure projects – upgrade of the local park, facades renovation, legacy communications substitution. We will continue to make Novovoronezh more advanced’, Vladimir Povarov said.

The meeting participants noted that the Agreement helped to both improve the city amenities and establish an atmosphere of trust and collaboration between the authorities and the general public.

‘This agreement operates in 10 federal subjects, but in most of them it doesn’t work as effectively as in the Voronezh region. These results are attributed to the proactivity of all stakeholders. It is great to see that the Voronezh region budget has allocated funds for the Agreement for 2020, as previously we had to use the ones from the governor’s reserves’, Sergey Chestikin, the deputy head of the Voronezh region government, stated.

The Chairman of the State Duma Civil Society, Public and Religious Communities Committee Sergey Gavrilov presented a congratulatory address on behalf of the State Duma to mark the 55th anniversary of the Novovoronezh NPP. Special gratitude was given to Viacheslav Shvarov, the deputy director of operations at the Novovoronezh NPP, and Nikolay Netyaga, the head of Novovoronezh city district, for their socially beneficial work, charity contributions, and helping war and labor veterans.

‘Novovoronezh has a unique model of joint work between the regional and the local authorities and the Rosatom State Corporation. The city has managed to reach consent with all public and political forces, build an effective economic model to establish wellbeing for its residents. Novovoronezh respects the experience of the past, what our veterans have been through, and they think about the future, support families with many kids, and care about proper education. Novovoronezh is a mixture of trust, high efficiency, professionalism, love for their country, which is something everyone in Russia should practice’, Sergey Gavrilov noted.

Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the largest Division of Rosatom State Corporation – Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated on the River Don bank 42 km South of Voronezh. This is the first NPP of Russia with VVER type reactors (Water-Water Power Reactors of containment type with water under pressure). Three reactors of the Plant are the main ones – the prototypes of the serial power reactors. The first power unit was commissioned in 1964, the second one - in 1969, the third one – in 1971, the fourth one – in 1972, and the fifth one – in 1980. 

The power units No 1 and No 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was shut down in 2016 for the decommissioning events. The power unit No 4 was shut down for modernization works. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 is in the stage of commissioning works. 

The latest information about radiation situation near Russian NPPS and other nuclear power facilities can be seen at www.russianatom.ru 

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