Yesterday, on April 17, Russia’s oldest commercial operating water-cooled reactor of the VVER-440 type was switched off the grid and shut down. Now, a major upgrade lasting for 195 days starts, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom informs. The reactor, started in 1973, was supposed to end its life time in 2003, but the license was extended for an additional 15 years period ending in 2018. In 2015, however, safety calculations were initiated aimed at yet another prolongation of the reactor’s life time. The physical improvements needed to run the reactor for another 15 years starts now.
The Barents Observer 18th April 2018 read more »
Russia is expected to move its floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, from St. Petersburg through the Baltic and North Seas to Murmansk starting Friday this week. Beyond the usual pollution and accident concerns, this time the Lomonosov will be accompanied by a ship of the Russian Navy.
ERR 18th April 2018 read more »