28.11.2019  The Kursk NPP Information and Public Relations Department

The Kursk NPP-2 construction team has completed all key milestones for 2019

The assembly of component support for the installation of the second power blocks inner reactor containment dome’s first circle has been completed at the Kursk NPP-2 construction site. That said, all 13 key milestones planned for 2019, including two governmental assignments – the installation of the 1st power block’s molten core catcher and the 2nd power block’s reactor foundation frame concreting - have been delivered.

The component support is a temporary structure required for the next step, which is the armor block ceiling assembly at minus 1,850 meters. Following that, the construction team will go on to concrete the ceilings and install the reactor containment dome, and the component support will be extracted. The total weight of the support is 32 thousand tons.

‘The construction has gained strong momentum. This year, we have already placed over 1.5 million cubic meters of sand, used over 16 thousand tons of armature and around 130 thousand cubic meters of concrete’, арматуры, the deputy chief engineer of the capital construction department and the head of construction control department, said. ‘We have completed the key milestones, and there is still one month until the end of the year. We are commencing the concrete blinding for the first power block’s cooler foundation, and the foundation plate armoring is nearing completion at the turbine building of the second nuclear island. There is always a lot of work at the construction site’.

4,590 people are involved in the construction of the Kursk NPP-2, which is higher than planned. The majority of works are carried out by OOO Trest RosSEM, AO Titan-2 Company, AO NIKIMT-Atomstroy, OOO SMU-1, PAO EnergoSpecMontazh.

*The 3+ generation 1st and 2nd power blocks of the Kursk NPP-2 are pilot projects constructed based on the VVER-TOI project (pressurized water type reactor standard optimized). This is a new designed elaborated by Russian specialists (ASE Group, the engineering division of the Rosatom State Corporation) on top of the technical solutions of the VVER-1200 NPP project. Compared to the previous-generation power blocks (VVER-1000), the capacity of each has been increased by 25%, up to 1,255 megawatt. The life span of the major equipment has doubled. The new Kursk NPP-2 power blocks comply with the most recent safety regulations set by the IAEA.

The developer and the technical customer of the facility is the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company. The general designer and the general contractor is ASE.

As of now, the 1st, the 2nd and the 4th power block of the Kursk NPP run at the capacity set in the dispatch schedule. The 3rd power block is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

The radiation background at the Kursk NPP and within its location area is within the limit of normal power block operation and does not exceed the natural background level.

All up-to-date information about the radiation environment next to the Russian NPPs and other nuclear power facilities is available at www.russianatom.ru

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