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  • CNTRD in Bolivia. The first key facilities of the Center for Nuclear Research and Technology were put into trial operation in El Alto, Bolivia: a preclinical cyclotron-radiopharmacological complex and a multi-purpose irradiation center.  The first is intended for the production of radiopharmaceuticals for cancer diagnosis. The second is made for the disinfection of agricultural raw materials, food products and medical devices.  The construction of laboratories and a reactor complex with a pressurized water research reactor continues at the site.  The CNTRD will be commissioned in 2025.
    HTGR.  Nizhny Novgorod, (Russia) scientists are developing a high-temperature gas reactor that can be used to produce hydrogen without CO2 emissions.  R&D involves specialists trained by Rosatom in cooperation with the Nizhny Novgorod Technical University.  “We have already developed and approved the preliminary design of the plant.  Now we are moving on to the development of a technical project,” said Vitaly Petrunin, scientific director of the NSTU engineering school, first deputy general director of OKBM Afrikantov (Rosatom).
    El Dabaa NPP.  Rosatom gave an excursion to the Minister of Human Resources of Egypt, Mohammed Saafan, and the Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority, Amged El-Wakil, at the site of the future El Dabaa nuclear power plant.  Rosatom representatives showed the guests how the work was progressing, and the port facilities that would be used to deliver the equipment.  In July, an office of the Ministry of Human Resources was opened in the city of El Dabaa to address emerging issues and better adapt staff.
    Wind power. The first foundation has been poured at the construction site of the Trunovskaya wind farm in southern Russia. A total of 38 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each will be located here. The total capacity of the power plant will be 95 MW with the planned average annual output of some 225 million kWh. Rosatom has already built four wind farms with a total capacity of 450 MW in the region with two more wind farms with a total capacity of 220 MW under construction.
    ITER Equipment. A large batch of Russian equipment has been delivered to the construction site of the international thermonuclear reactor ITER. The set included high-current busbars providing power supply to the superconducting coils of the ITER magnetic system, as well as switching devices, energy-absorbing resistors, and equipment for control and cooling systems. All of them relate to the power supply system of the future installation, without which it is impossible to obtain the first plasma in the reactor. Compliance with the ITER project schedule largely depends on the timely and regular delivery of these components to the reactor construction site.
    Power generation. Russian nuclear power plants increased electricity generation by 1.21% over the seven months of 2022 year-on-year, which amounted to more than 129 billion kilowatt-hours. This made it possible to prevent emissions of greenhouse gases in the amount of more than 63 million tons of CO2 equivalent. The share of Russian nuclear power generation is about 19% of the total electricity generated in the country.
    Wind Power. Rosatom and Vietnamese An Xuan Energy signed an agreement on cooperation in wind energy envisioning a wind farm with a capacity of 128 MW in the north-western Vietnamese province of Son La. “We have gained extensive experience as a developer of wind energy projects in Russia and are ready to apply our competencies abroad. Rosatom is already implementing a number of projects in Vietnam in energy and science, and now these areas of cooperation are expanding,” said Grigory Nazarov, Director General of NovaWind (Rosatom’s wind energy division). “This project will bring social and economic benefits to Vietnam and its energy system as well as the population of the province. In cooperation with NovaWind, we intend to ensure the commercial operation of the facility as planned,” said Nguyen Quang Luan, head of An Xuan Energy.
    New Equipment. Rosatom produced two key pieces of equipment for Rosatom’s nuclear projects abroad. The first is the lower half-shell of the reactor for the Tianwan NPP Unit 7 in China. It consists of two shells and a bottom with the total weight of the structure surpassing 160 tons. The second piece is the bottom of the reactor vessel for the Akkuyu NPP Unit 4 under construction in Turkey. The operation took place in two stages: first, a forged steel billet in the form of a pipe was bent into a sheet of metal. Then, the round billet was heated at a temperature of more than 1000 degrees, moved to a tooling and shaped into the bottom of the reactor.
    Logistics. TransContainer (part of the Delo Group, 30% owned by Rosatom) has launched a new multimodal service between Russia and Turkey. From now on, export cargo arriving by rail in Russian Novorossiysk will be sent to the Turkish port of Mersin. The service also works in the opposite direction. Shipments from Novorossiysk and Mersin will be made twice a month. The transit time on sea is six days. The first 120 containers sent from Novorossiysk have already arrived in Mersin. The new service will complement the existing multimodal routes of TransContainer from Novorossiysk to the ports of Istanbul and Samsun and back.