Russian nuclear officials say they have taken a Soviet-built nuclear reactor have out of operation after 45 years of service, in what is only the third project to decommission a civilian reactor that Moscow has undertaken. The state-controlled Rosatom corporation reported shortly before Christmas that Reactor No 1 at the Leningrad nuclear power plant has been shut down as planned and said its uranium fuel would take until 2023 to fully unload. The power station’s energy production will eventually be replaced by reactors at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant II, which is currently under construction alongside the first in the town of Sosnovy Bor, 70 kilometers west of St Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland.

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Published: 11 January 2019