Concreting of exhaust tower begins at Kursk-II unit 2

1 September 2021

At the cooling tower for unit 2 of Russia’s Kursk-II NPP,  concreting of the exhaust tower has begun, the plant reported on 27 August.

Work is under way concreting the lower support ring of the exhaust tower. This is the base on which the reinforced concrete shell of the cooling tower will be erected. With a height of 179 metres, this and the cooling tower at Kursk-II unit 1, will be the highest cooling towers in Russia.

“Work on the construction of the cooling tower at unit 2 is proceeding at a good pace,” said Aleksey Buldygin, head of the Kursk-II capital construction department. “The installation of 100 columns of the inclined colonnade was completed in three months. This is twice as fast as similar work on the cooling tower at unit 1. Now we have started concreting the lower support ring - this is the first tier in the structure of the exhaust tower. We plan to complete the work on its construction by October of this year, after which we will start concreting the subsequent tiers of the cooling tower shell.”

The design of the exhaust tower of the cooling tower requires the construction of 115 tiers. For their concreting, about 14,000 cubic metres of concrete mixture will be required.   Work on the construction of the unit 2 cooling tower  began at the end of 2020. The average construction time for one evaporative cooling tower is four years.

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