OMZ-Spetsstal (part of Russia’s OMZ Group) on 16 February shipped to AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom) a batch of blanks for the reactor baffles for India’s Kudankulam NPP, and China’s Tianwan and Xudabao NPPs. The reactor baffle is a cylindrical structure 3845 mm in diameter and 4070 mm in height, consisting of five forged rings 980 mm in height and a faceted belt of the baffle with a height of 150 mm, fastened together. The baffle forms the reactor core and serves as a neutron shield. According to the contract, OMZ-Special Steels manufactured and dispatched to the customer four metallurgical billets with a total weight of about 90 tons: two for the sixth power unit of the Kudankulam NPP, one for the eighth power unit of the Tianwan NPP and one for the third power unit of the Xudabao NPP. The baffle assembly based on metallurgical billets produced by OMZ-Spetsstal will be carried out at the Volgodonsk branch of AEM-technologies - Atommash.
OMZ-Spetsstal is the only Russian manufacturer of metallurgical blanks for nuclear vessel equipment. The enterprise has more than half a century of experience in the manufacture of such products. At present, OMZ-Special Steels are at various stages of production with blanks for the Tianwan, Xudabao and Kudankulam NPPs as well as the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey.