Reactor’s ‘filling’ ready
Atommash was the Soviet Union’s largest nuclear energy machine building company, and continues to be so for Russia, as part of Rosatom, in the Rostov Region’s Volgodonsk
Reactor designed for Belarusian NPP
According to company specialists, the reactor comprises around 300 devices — including 11m-long shaft hull. Assembly is conducted on special stands and engineers must be convinced that all elements meet the necessary quality parameters (before being taken to Belarus).
The internal elements are to be delivered this year, while the casing for the first reactor at the Belarusian nuclear power station arrived last October. “By 2017, up to 50 percent of our profits will be generated at the expense of foreign projects,” explains the Deputy General Director of Rosatom State Corporation, Kirill Komarov. “Last year, our profit growth reached around 20 percent.”
At present, Rosatom’s foreign portfolio includes 34 projects — including construction of the first Belarusian nuclear power station (AES-2006 type); it will be equipped with a ‘III+’ generation reactor meeting the most modern requirements. Numerous IAEA tests ensure that security is of the highest level. Two reactors are being constructed in Belarus, to produce 2,400MW.
By Nikolay Alexeev