The Beloyarsk NPP has been licensed to operate BN-600 for another 5-year term

The license to operate the BN-600 reactor power block at the Beloyarsk NPP has been extended until 2025.

In 2009, the nuclear power plant has introduced a large-scale program aimed at the power block’s upgrade and covering all safety-related aspects. The second reactor emergency protection kit was installed, an emergency plant cooldown system using air cooler has been installed, a backup block control unit was established, etc. The team has completed a lot of work on equipment review and upgrade, including but not limited to full replacement of the heat generator modules. In 2010, the power block has confirmed that it fully complies with the most recent safety standards, which reasoned the extension of the operation period until 2025. However, Rostekhnadzor has issued a license for 10 years after requesting an additional justification of the non-interchangeable reactor elements’ working capacity. By now, this activity has been successfully completed.

JSC "Afrikantov OKB Mechanical Engineering", NRC "Kurchatov Institute" - CRISM "Prometey" have delivered a material engineering program and made a conclusion that it is technically feasible to run the power block further. Based on that conclusion, Rostekhnadzor has extended the license for the Beloyarsk NPP until 2025.

‘We have completed the activities related to the extension of the 3rd power block’s operation until 2025’, Ivan Sidorov, the director at the Beloyarsk NPP, said. ‘Our research has proven that the technical parameters of BN-600 enable its operation until 2030. Currently, ‘Atomprojekt’ is developing an investment project for additional operational life extension, which is planned to be delivered by 2024. Following that, we will apply to Rostekhnadzor for a license to run the third power block in 2025-2040’.

It is important to note that, thanks to the extension of BN-600 power block’s operation until 2025, the Beloyarsk NPP will be in a position to safely produce an extra of over 22 billion kWh of electric power. To deliver this amount of electricity, a heat power station would need over 11 million tons of coal. The electric power production at an NPP helps to reduce the negative impact on the land surface and the development of non-reversible geological processes, reduce the carbon hydrate and other toxic emissions in the atmosphere.

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