Russia releases near-term nuclear plans

6 May 2010

Plans for Russia's power generation network (the Unified Energy System) for the 2010-2016 period have been published.

A total of 9.87GW of nuclear power will be commissioned (out of a total of 42.85GW). This includes the startup of four reactors at existing sites: the Rostov (Volgodonsk) 2 VVER-1000 in 2010, the Rostov 3 VVER-1100 in 2014, Kalinin 4 VVER-1000 in 2012 and Beloyarsk 4 BN-800 FBR in 2014. It also includes new-build nuclear: Baltic VVER-1150 in 2016, Leningrad II 1 VVER-1170 in 2013, and 2 in 2016, and the Novovoronezh II 1 VVER-1199 in 2013 and 2015.

A total of 600MW of nuclear power will be removed from the grid, due to the shutdown of the 180MW ADE-2 Mining and Chemical Combined reactor in April 2010, and the shutdown of the 417MW Novovoronezh 3 NPP in 2016.

As a result of these changes, the nuclear share in the Russian network will rise from 11.1% to 13.2%.

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