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Nuclear power in Russia

In 2012 total electricity generated in nuclear power plants in Russia was 177.3 TWh, 17.78% of all power generation. The installed gross capacity of Russian nuclear reactors stood at 25,242 MW.

The Russian energy strategy of 2003 set a policy priority for reduction in natural gas based power supply, aiming to achieve this through a doubling of nuclear power generation by 2020. In 2006 the Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) announced targets for future nuclear power generation; providing 23% of electricity needs by 2020 and 25% by 2030.[1] In 2013 the Russian state allocated 80.6 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) toward the growth of its nuclear industry, especially export projects where Russian companies build, own and operate the power station, such as the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.[1]

Russia has made plans to increase the number of reactors in operation from 31 to 59. Old reactors will be maintained and upgraded, including RBMK units similar to the reactors at Chernobyl. China and Russia agreed on further cooperation in the construction of nuclear power stations in October 2005.

In accord with legislation passed in 2001, all Atomenergoprom - a holding company for all Russian civil nuclear industry, including Energoatom, nuclear fuel producer and supplier TVEL, uranium trader Tekhsnabexport (Tenex) and nuclear facilities constructor Atomstroyexport.

Through membership in the ITER project, Russia is participating in the design of nuclear fusion reactors.

The Russian government plans to allocate 127 billion rubles ($5.42 billion) to a federal program dedicated to the next generation of nuclear energy technology. About 1 trillion rubles ($42.7 billion) is to be allocated from the federal budget to nuclear power and industry development before 2015.[2]

The Russian nuclear industry employs around 200,000 people.[3]

Russia is highly recognized for its nuclear disaster expertise and for the safety of its technology.[4][5][6][7]

Russia is the leader player in the nuclear export markets where it is constructing or negotiating contracts for building nuclear power plants in competition with Western companies.[8]

Using the experience of Chernobyl as a selling point for its current safety measures and crisis management expertise, Russia is also pursuing an ambitious plan to increase sales of Russian-built reactors overseas.[9] The VVER-1200 pressurised water reactor is the system currently offered for construction, being an evolution of the VVER-1000 with increased power output to about 1200 MWe (gross) and providing additional passive safety features.[10]


  • Nuclear power reactors 1
    • Reactors in operation 1.1
    • Nuclear power reactors under construction 1.2
  • International NPP projects in the Russian nuclear industry 2
  • Nuclear Engineering Companies 3
  • Safety 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Nuclear power reactors

Reactors in operation

Nuclear power plants in Russia ()
 Active plants
 Closed plants
 Unfinished plants
 Under construction plants

Eleven of Russia's reactors are of the RBMK 1000 type, similar to the one at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Some of these RBMK reactors were originally to be shut down but have instead been given life extensions and uprated in output by about 5%. Critics say that these reactors are of an "inherently unsafe design", which cannot be improved through upgrades and modernization, and some reactor parts are impossible to replace. Russian environmental groups say that the lifetime extensions "violate Russian law, because the projects have not undergone environmental assessments".[11]

Name Location Type Capacity, MWe Operational Notes
Obninskaya Obninsk AM-1 5 1954–2002 World's first NPP
Sibirskaya Seversk EI-2 100 1958–1990
ADE-3 1961–1992
ADE-4 1963–2008
ADE-5 1965–2008
Beloyarskaya Zarechny AMB-100 108 1964–1981
AMB-200 260 1967–1989
BN-600 600 1980–
BN-800 864 under construction
Dimitrovgradskaya Dimitrovgrad BOR-60 12 1968–
Novovoronezhskaya Novovoronezh VVER 210 1964–1984
VVER 365 1969–1990
VVER 417 1971–
VVER 417 1972–
VVER 1000 1980–
Leningradskaya Sosnovy Bor RBMK 1000 1973–
RBMK 1000 1975–
RBMK 1000 1979–
RBMK 1000 1981–
Kolskaya Polyarnye Zori VVER 440 1973–
VVER 440 1974–
VVER 440 1981–
VVER 440 1984–
Bilibinskaya Bilibino EGP 12 1974– combined heat and power production
EGP 12 1974–
EGP 12 1975–
EGP 12 1976–
Kurskaya Kurchatov RBMK 1000 1976–
RBMK 1000 1979–
RBMK 1000 1983–
RBMK 1000 1985–
Smolenskaya Desnogorsk RBMK 1000 1982–
RBMK 1000 1985–
RBMK 1000 1990–
Kalininskaya Udomlya VVER 1000 1984–
VVER 1000 1986–
VVER 1000 2004–
VVER 1000 2011–
Balakovskaya Balakovo VVER 1000 1985–
VVER 1000 1987–
VVER 1000 1988–
VVER 1000 1993–
Rostovskaya Volgodonsk VVER 1000 2001–
VVER 1000 2009-

Nuclear power reactors under construction

Reactor Type MWe net MWe gross Construction start Will be commercially operational
Akademik_Lomonosov-1/2 KLT-40S 64 (2x32) 70 (2x35) 15.05.2007 2013
Baltiiskaya-1/2 VVER-1200 1109 1194 22.02.2012 2018
Beloyarsk-4 FBR BN-800 789 864 18.07.2006 2014
Leningrad 2-1 VVER-1200/V491 1085 1170 25.10.2008 2013
Leningrad 2-2 VVER-1200/V491 1085 1170 15.04.2010 2015
Novovoronezh 2-1 VVER-1200/V392М 1114 1200 24.06.2008 2013
Novovoronezh 2-2 VVER-1200/V392М 1114 1200 12.07.2009 2015
Rostov-3 VVER-1000 1011 1100 15.09.2009 2013
Rostov-4 VVER-1000 1011 1100 16.06.2010 2015
Total: 8(10) 8382 9068

International NPP projects in the Russian nuclear industry

Country NPP Reactor Type MWe net MWe gross Construction start Commercially operational
Turkey Akkuyu-1/2/3/4 VVER-1200/491 1115 1200 2014(1st block) 2019(1st block)
Belarus Belarusian-1 VVER-1200 1115 1200 Jul. 2013 2018
Belarusian-2 VVER-1200 1115 1200 2020
Iran Bushehr-1 VVER-1000/446 915 1000 01.05.1975(1995) 2013
Bushehr-2 VVER-1000/446 915 1000 30.07.2012
Bushehr-3 VVER-1000/446 915 1000 30.07.2013
India Kudankulam-1 VVER-1000/412 917 1000 31.03.2002 13.07.2013
Kudankulam-2 VVER-1000/412 917 1000 04.07.2002
Kudankulam-3/4 VVER-1000/412 917 1000 negotiation
Slovakia Mochovce-3/4 VVER-440 440 471 27.01.87(Nov.2008)
Vietnam Ninh Thuan 1-1/2 VVER-1000/428 950 1000 2014(1st block) 2020(1st block)
Ninh Thuan 1-3/4 VVER-1000/428 950 1000 negotiation
China Tianwan-1 VVER-1000/428 990 1060 20.10.1999 17.05.2007
Tianwan-2 VVER-1000/428 990 1060 20.10.2000 16.08.2007
Tianwan-3/4 VVER-1000/428М 1050 1126 27.12.2012
Ukraine Khmelnitskiy-3/4 VVER-1000/392B 950 1000 negotiation

In addition Atomstroyexport challenging NPP projects list contains:[12]

Nuclear Engineering Companies

  • Atomenergomash - power engineering company; produces steam generators for NPPs
  • Atommash - by far Russia's largest nuclear engineering plant designed to build up to 8 reactors per year, but after the collapse of the USSR reorganized privately by Energomash and today not able to produce reactor vessels
  • Atomstroyexport - nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly
  • OKBM Afrikantov - nuclear reactor design and engineering company
  • OKB Gidropress - nuclear reactor design and engineering company


Russia, responding to the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents, will perform a 'stress test' on all its reactors "to judge their ability to withstand earthquakes more powerful than the original design anticipated".[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Russia invests in nuclear". World Nuclear News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ RIA Novosti
  3. ^ "Nuclear rethink urged". The Moscow News. 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Benchmarking the global nuclear industry 2012 Heading for a fast recovery".  
  5. ^ "Rosatom today and overview of its current and prospective Nuclear Power Plant projects".  
  6. ^ "International Standards of Safety and the Modern Projects of Nuclear Power Stations".  
  7. ^ "Russia’s efforts to improve safety following the Chernobyl and the Fukushima accidents". IBRAE. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  8. ^ "The real front in US-Russia 'Cold War'? Nuclear power".  
  9. ^ [2] Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting
  10. ^ Nikolay Fil (26–28 July 2011). "Status and perspectives of VVER Status and perspectives of VVER nuclear power plants nuclear power plants". OKB Gidropress. IAEA. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Igor Koudrik and Alexander Nikitin (13 December 2011). "Second life: The questionable safety of life extensions for Russian nuclear power plants". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 
  12. ^ Challenging NPP Projects JSC ASE
  13. ^ NPP JSC ASE (Jordan)
  14. ^ Matthew L. Wald (24 March 2011). "Russia Plans to Test Reactors For Ability to Survive Quakes". New York Times. 

External links

  • Official website
  • World Nuclear Association: Nuclear Power in Russia
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