Russian-French joint venture Alstom-Atomenergomash (AAEM) has signed an agreement worth more than EUR 875 million to supply turbine island equipment for units 1 and 2 of the Baltic nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad. The units will be the VVER-1200 design and are due to be commissioned in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

The agreement covers supply of Alstom steam turbines ARABELLE, generators, condensers, moisture separator reheaters and auxiliary equipment.

Over 50% of the equipment for Baltic 1&2 will be manufactured in Russia. For future Russian projects this share could reach 70% or more, Alstom said. Alstom’s Belfort plant in France will support the production of certain types of equipment included in the contract signed by AAEM.

“The contract signed today is an example of successful cooperation between Rosatom and Alstom aimed at introducing state-of-the art technologies in Russia, said Kirill Komarov, deputy director general for development and international business, at Rosatom.

“This contract marks an important milestone for our joint venture in Russia. Considerable experience of Alstom in implementing similar projects will be key to the success of the development of AAEM’s competencies in the manufacture and supply of equipment for turbine islands based on the ARABELLE technology”, commented Patrick Kron, Chairman and CEO of Alstom.

Baltic nuclear power plant is the first NPP project in Russia that involves the participation of foreign suppliers. It will not only cover the energy requirement of the Kaliningrad region, but will also secure energy exports to the Baltic states and north-west Europe. OJSC NIAEP, engineering company of state corporation, Rosatom, is the general contractor for the construction of the Baltic nuclear power plant.

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