Belarusian NPP. On May 19, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko and head of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev commenced bringing the Belarusian NPP Unit 2 to its design capacity. The power development stage is one of the most important in the program for commissioning a nuclear facility. The program provides for a gradual output with dynamic tests in various operating modes with the shutdown of the main equipment. Commissioning is the final stage in the construction of new nuclear power units. Rosatom has built two units of the Belarusian NPP with VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2400 MW. The first unit was put into commercial operation on June 10, 2021. Commissioning of the second unit is scheduled for autumn 2023. The station will provide about 40% of Belarus’ domestic electricity needs.
Fuel. Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL delivered to China a modernized ultrasonic unit for quality control of fuel rod welds. The control is carried out using a high-precision scanning unit, and the installation is equipped with a modern linear drive and a flaw detector. It will be used at the Yibin plant in Sichuan province on the production line for the fabrication of Russian-designed nuclear fuel TVS-2M for VVER-1000 reactors. Four power units with reactor plants of this type are currently in operation in China as part of the Tianwan NPP.
Tianwan NPP. The Izhora plant (part of Rosatom) carried out heat treatment of pressure compensator half-shells for the Tianwan NPP Unit 7 (China). The upper semi-hull consists of a shell and a bottom, the lower one consists of three shells and a bottom. An anti-corrosion layer is welded onto the inner surface of each of the elements, and mechanical processing is performed. After assembly and welding, the shells and bottoms of the semi-hull underwent heat treatment. Rosatom is constructing two units with VVER-1200 reactors at the Tianwan NPP.