Power unit 1 of Belarus NPP started operation at 100% capacity
Communications Division of ROSATOM Engineering Division, PUBLISHED 13.01.2021
On January 12, at 19-57, the first power unit of Belarus NPP of the newest III+ generation with VVER-1200 reactor (general designer and general contractor - ROSATOM's Engineering Division) was for the first time brought to rated power level.
"Commencement of power ascension to 100% is the main event at the stage of trial operation of any nuclear facility power unit", said Vitaly Polyanin, ASE EC JSC project director for Belarus NPP construction. - After verification of actual parameters and characteristics of the systems and equipment operation for conformity with the design values, the power unit will be put into commercial operation.
Start-up operations at Belarus NPP power unit 1 of III+ generation with VVER-1200 reactor started on August 7, 2020, when the first fresh fuel assemblies were loaded into the reactor core. On October 11, 2020, the reactor was brought to minimum controlled power level (less than 1% of the rated power). On November 3, 2020, the power unit was connected to the unified power grid of Republic of Belarus. On December 22, trial operation of the power unit commenced.
The license application package was submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) on March 28, 2019.
The first sets of magnets have been manufactured and shipped to the customer.
Minimum control power level is reached when neutron flux is recorded in a reactor working at a level sufficient to sustain a fission chain reaction.
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