With the prolonged operation licence now granted to reactor No. 2, all four reactors at Kola nuclear power plant (NPP) have received extensions. Reactor No. 1 will run until 2033, No. 3 until 2027 and No. 4 until 2029. It was on December 20th, Rostekhnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision, issued the additional 15 years licence for reactor No. 2, Rosatom informs. This reactor started commercial operation February 1975 and is of the first generation Soviet designed water-cooled VVER-440/230 type. Kola NPP is one of three nuclear power plants located inside the Arctic Circle in Russia. The two others are Bilibino NPP and the “Akademik Lomonosov” floating nuclear power plant that was connected to the local grid in the remote Arctic port of Pevek last week.
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