By 2028, a low-power nuclear power plant with a small RITM-200 reactor is to be built in the village of Ust-Kuyga, Ust-Yansky ulus and the training of future highly qualified nuclear specialists who will work at the plant is already underway. A programme of targeted training of students from the Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is being implemented as a special programme at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) and the RE Alekseeva Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Master's programmes), which will subsequently be employed at the NPP. After a difficult process of selecting worthy candidates for various programmes, four students from Yakutia were enrolled and in future the number will be increased.
The project for the construction of NPPs in Yakutia is being developed within the framework of a 2019 agreement between Yakutia and Rosatom. In 2020, the field stage of the survey was completed, now office work is underway. It will be the first low-power NPP (ASMM) in the republic.
It should be noted that part of the ASMM employees will be recruited directly from the Ust-Yansky ulus, as well as from Yakutia. All of them will undergo training under special quotas with subsequent employment at the ASMM. “After training on the target recruitment, Yakut students will gain experience at operating NPPS, and after the construction of a low-power nuclear power plant in the village of Ust-Kuyga in 2028, they will be employed at it. This programme is being implemented so that local personnel are directly involved in the development of nuclear energy in Yakutia,” said Svyatoslav Pikh, a representative of Rusatom Overseas, which is overseeing the project.
Photo: SMR planned for Yakutia (Photo credit: Rosatom)