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[cdn-nucl-l] Improved VVER-1000 is the basic design for future Russian N-plants
Nuclear.Ru (http://www.nuclear.ru/eng/news) informed on May 27, 2003
“The basic design for the Russian nuclear power plants is the improved
VVER-1000, which has been offered for the Finnish tender already”, Yuri
Dragunov, the Director-Chief Designer of OKB Gidropress said to Nuclear.Ru
during the international scientific and technical conference “Safety of NPPs
with VVER Reactors” held now in Podolsk. “Certainly, the Finns are to decide
on the tender result, but we will seek to implement this design at all new
power units in Russia including Balakovo-5,6 and Volgodonsk-2”, Dragunov
said adding that a similar decision in principle as regards the advancing
the steam generator was made for Balakovo-5.
As regards VVER-1500 design, Yu. Dragunov thinks that it is a distant
future, however, the design needs to be in stock as advanced and
cost-effective. “In fact, VVER-1500 is a pure OKB Gidropress initiative,
still a serious project must be funded”, Dragunov explained. He also
explained that Minatom of Russia determined in principle that the first
phase of a detailed design is to be completed by late 2003 and, given the
funding decision is made, the project development pace will be fast”.
Meanwhile, OKB Gidropress experts presented the “NPP with VVER-1500 Safety
Concept” to the conference participants.
Speaking of the ongoing conference in OKB Gidropress gathered together lead
experts and scientists, Yuri Dragunov noted that it would allow for getting
acquainted with all information collected through two years, because a lot
was done during this period including operational safety improvement of
existing nuclear plants, 1-st generation units’ life extension, new
developments for future units of the forth generation. “All this should be
conveyed to the scientific community and there should be a feedback as
presentations from other organizations and questions by the conference
participants to further generalize this information and identify working
directions including those for future designs”, Dragunov said.