Leningrad NPP received permission to build the eighth power unit

On November 10, 2023, the Rosatom State Corporation issued Rosenergoatom JSC (Electric Energy Division of Rosatom) a permit for the second stage of construction of power units No. 7 and No. 8 of the Leningrad NPP. Obtaining this document is regulated by the Town Planning Code of the Russian Federation and gives the right to begin construction and installation work on 67 capital construction projects of block No. 8.
Today, preparatory work is underway at the construction site of the Leningrad NPP: builders have already developed a pit for the nuclear island of power unit No. 7 and are continuing to construct a pit for its turbine island. After receiving the most important document - a license for the construction of nuclear installations - in December of this year, work at the site will begin in full force. During the peak period, they will be produced in more than 150 buildings and structures.

“The main period of construction of the eighth power unit will begin in 2025. The first key operation is planned for this year - concreting the foundation slab of the reactor building. In accordance with the road map, power unit No. 8 of the Leningrad NPP should be put into operation in 2032, power unit No. 7 almost two years earlier,” said Vladimir Pereguda, director of the Leningrad NPP.

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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 production of each PWR-1200 power unit will be more than 8.5 billion kWh of electricity. This will make it possible not only to guarantee the provision of light and heat to the residents of the region but also to successfully continue the implementation of large regional investment projects. Also, the new phase of the nuclear power plant is guaranteed to provide jobs for almost two thousand people.

The project of power units No. 7 and No. 8 with PWR-1200 reactors of the Leningrad NPP has already received all the mandatory documents preceding the start of construction of a nuclear power facility. In December last year, the expert commission of the State Environmental Expertise issued positive conclusions on the materials justification for the license for the construction of power units No. 7 and No. 8 of PWR-1200, and in early May of this year, the customer, represented by the Leningrad NPP, received a positive conclusion from the State Expertise on the project for the construction of new units. These documents confirmed that the project of the second stage with PWR-1200 reactors of the Leningrad NPP complies with environmental requirements and legislation in the field of environmental protection, the requirements of technical regulations in the field of nuclear, environmental and industrial safety, sanitary and epidemiological requirements, etc.

The fuel and energy complex has been and remains one of the most important components of the Russian economy, influencing the development of other industries. The President and Government of the Russian Federation set goals for its development in order to strengthen the country’s production and technological potential and improve the quality of life of Russian citizens. Rosatom and its enterprises take an active part in this work.

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