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Rosenergoatom: initial fuel loading began right on schedule at unit No. 2, Novovoronezh-2

Rosatom, PUBLISHED 23.02.2019

Fuel loading began right on schedule at the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II, unit No. 2 equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor.

The first batch of 163 fuel assemblies were successfully installed with the remaining assemblies to be loaded within five days.

The initial fuel loading marks the beginning of the reactor start-up. The reactor will then achieve first criticality - the moment when a chain reaction is launched in the reactor for the first time and the core parameters required for the reactor's further operation are established. The next stages include connection to the grid, power ascension testing and the commencement of commercial operations.

"This operation marks the beginning of the reactor start-up, which means that all operations related to the construction of unit No. 2 at the Novovoronezh-2 have been accomplished. Further operations will prepare the unit for first criticality and electricity production. The unit is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of this year," Andrei Petrov, the Rosenergoatom's director general said.

Topics: Russia, Novovoronezh NPP

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