Unit 4 at Russia’s Rostov NPP was put into commercial operation on 28 September three months ahead of schedule, following approval from the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor).
The general director of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev noted that Rostov 4 is the last unit to have a VVER-1000 reactor but that it had been upgraded to include some safety features of the new Generation 3+ reactor design. He added that the efficient use of allocated resources in the construction of Rostov 4 had led to savings of more than RUB1.5 billion ($22m).
The Director of Rostov NPP, Andrey Salnikov, said: “To date, unit 4 at the Rostov NPP has generated more than 3.75TWh of electricity, making Rostov one of Russia's leading regions in electricity generation.” Currently, the station provides 46% of the region’s electricity production and power is also supplied to the Volgograd Region, the Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories and Volgodonsk. With the commissioning of unit 4, Rostov will supply about 54% of the region’s power. The plant has four VVER-1000 units which began operation in 2001, 2010, 2015 and 2018.
Rostov NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom Concern (included in the Electric Power Division of Rosatom State Corporation). The enterprise is located on the shore of the Tsimlyansk reservoir, 13.5km from the city of Volgodonsk.
Photo: Unit 4 at the Rostov nulcear plant started up in February