In 2019, the Kola NPP will produce over 10 billion kWh of electric power

According to the preliminary forecasts, in 2019, the Kola NPP will deliver over 10 billion kWh of electric power. In the past few years, this has been exactly the benchmark number for the production activities of the largest power company in the Kola Arctic Circle.

It is important to recall that the Kola NPP has been a reliable electric power supplier for over a half of consumers in the Murmansk region, those including major mining, smelting and chemical companies as well as the majority of the regional municipalities.

In 2019, the team of the Kola NPP has successfully completed the governmental assignment on extending the life span of the 2nd power block. The equipment upgrade allows to perform safe and reliable generation through all four power blocks of the nuclear power plant until at least 2033. The Kola NPP became the only Russian nuclear power plant to successfully implement the follow-up life span extension project for two VVER-440 power blocks.

As a part of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company’s digital transformation program, the Kola NPP has completed a pilot launch of the automated control over compulsory use of personal protection equipment by the staff. The first stage of this innovative system was deployed in the switchgear rooms. The machine vision system comprises 40 high-resolution CCTV cameras, the footage from which is being analyzed by an artificial intelligence program. It is important to note that the first area where AI was deployed is the staff safety management, and it currently helps to protect the life and welfare of the employees.

The departing year brought in another great victory – together with the Balakovo NPP, the Kola NPP was announced the best nuclear power plant with regard to the safety culture. Besides, the Kola NPP was chosen to be the pilot site for safety transparency and trust culture establishment, which will then be deployed across the whole Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company.

In 2019, the Kola NPP was one of the leaders in the medal ranking at the divisional stage of the REASkills-2019 competition. Four NPP employees successfully completed all stages in the selection process and made it into the starting line-up of the Rosatom State Corporation team. They demonstrated great results at the national WorldSkills Hi-Tech 2019 championship held in Yekaterinburg.

As of now, all four power blocks of the Kola NPP are in service, which guarantees the plant can perform at its best in the Murmansk region during the autumn and winter. According to the operations schedule, the total load will be 1,460 MW. The radiation background around the Kola NPP location is 0.07 µSv, which is within the natural standard.

Kola NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of Rosatom’s largest division – the Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated 200 km South of Murmansk at the shore of Lake Imandra. It generates about 60% of Murmansk Oblast electric power. It has 4 power units with VVER reactors with capacity of 440 MW each. Kola NPP is the supplier of electric power for Murmansk Oblast and Karelia.

The latest update on the radiation situation near Russian NPPs and other facilities of the nuclear power industry can be seen at www.russianatom.ru 

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