GenIII+ nuclear reactor starts commercial operation


On 27 February a Generation III+ VVER-1200 nuclear reactor was put into commercial operation at the Russian Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. Under the control of Rosatom control, this new reactor broke is now the most powerful nuclear unit in operation in the country. The Russian Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service had previously issued the certificate of conformity ensuring that the facility meets the requirements for project documentation, technical regulations and laws, including energy efficiency requirements. The VVER-1200 unit was firstly connected to the national grid and started producing power yet in August 2016. The rated power was achieved successfully during start-up and pilot operation, and inspections and tests of the equipment and systems at different power levels and operating modes were successfully conducted. Novovoronezh NPP provides a chance to see an evolutionary sequence of VVER technology on the same site. Units Nos. 3 and 4 (VVER-440) and No. 5 (VVER-1000) currently operate there now. And there are the innovative unit No. 6 (VVER-1200) and the construction site of unit No. 7, which will also utilise VVER-1200 reactor.

Contact Ryan Collyer, Rosatom, Tel 011 784-2554,

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