African journalists were told about the safety of PWR-1200 power units at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant

25 journalists from Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and Burundi visited the Leningrad NPP as part of the Russia-Africa 2023 summit. The leading African media representatives met with the Leningrad NPP management and went on excursions. Alexander Belyaev, Chief Engineer of LNPP-2, spoke about how the safety of the station's activities is ensured.

“Russian-style 3+ generation power units are by far the safest and most in demand in the world. The main feature of the PWR-1200 design is a unique combination of active and passive safety systems that make the plant as resistant to external and internal impacts as possible. None of the operating stations in the world is equipped with such a configuration of security systems. They include a heavy-duty double containment of the reactor building, a sprinkler system, a sprinkler system, 4 safety channels duplicating each other, passive heat removal systems from the core and steam generators, and much more,” he said.

Today, more than 600 million people in African countries do not have access to electricity, and the average production per person in these countries does not exceed 100 kWh per year.

Overcoming energy hunger is one of the priority tasks facing Africans. That is why a visit to the nuclear power plant, the main promising green energy source, was included in the mandatory program for foreign guests.

At LNPP, journalists got acquainted with the achievements of the nuclear industry, visited the block control room, accompanied by Sergey Chigarev, Deputy Chief Engineer for Operation of LNPP-2, its head, Alexei Borunov, spoke about the operation of the turbine hall.

According to the guests, the captured photos and videos, as well as the knowledge gained, will help them create excellent stories and publications, which means that the inhabitants of African countries will have the opportunity to see that the solution to the problem of energy hunger on the African continent exists and is very close.

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Today, Russia continues to provide stable energy security. Energy is the basis for the progressive social and economic development of the country, the supply of industry and citizens. The domestic fuel and energy complex works to increase the competitiveness of the national economy, contributes to the development and improvement of the country's regions, cities, towns, to improve the quality of life of citizens. The share of low-carbon power generation in the Russian energy sector is already about 40%. In the future, taking into account the growth in the share of nuclear generation, it will only grow.

The Leningrad NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Russia in terms of installed capacity of 4,400 MW. 4 RBMK-1000 units and 2 PWR-1200 units are operated here. Units 1 and 2 of the RBMK-1000 have been shut down for decommissioning after 45 years of service. They were replaced by two PWR-1200 units in 2018 and 2021. The design service life is 60 years with the possibility of extension for another 20 years. Two more new power units No. 7 and No. 8 VVER-1200 of the Leningrad NPP are planned to be commissioned in 2030 and 2032, respectively. They will become the replacement capacities of power unit No. 3 and No. 4 of RBMK-1000. The annual output of each PWR-1200 power unit will be more than 8.5 billion kWh of electricity.

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