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  • Xudapu NPP. On May 19, first concrete ceremony has taken place at Xudapu NPP Unit 4 constructed under the Russian VVER-1200 design. “The project for construction of two new units of Generation III+ at Xudapu NPP is being implemented according to the schedule, even ahead of it. The Russian party performs its obligations in full scope,” said Alexey Bannik, Vice President for projects in China of Atomstroyexport (Rosatom engineering division). Xudapu NPP Unit 3 is also in the active stage of construction.
    Wind. Rosatom obtained permit for the construction of the Kuzminskaya wind farm with a total capacity of 160 MW in the Stavropol Krai. The wind farm construction includes 64 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. The Stavropol Krai is the key region for Rosatom wind power projects – to date, four wind farms have already been put into operation here: the Kochubeyevskaya (210 MW), the Karmalinovskaya (60 MW), the Bondarevskaya (120 MW) and the Medvezhenskaya (60 MW). Today, NovaWind has commissioned a total of 720 MW of wind power capacity.
    ITER. Russia has carried out the first shipment of equipment in 2022 for the international thermonuclear reactor ITER. This shipment, which is the 24th in a row, included busbars providing power supply to the superconducting coils of the ITER magnetic system, switching devices and components of the busbar condition monitoring system. “The supply and commissioning of power supply systems is vital for obtaining the first plasma at the reactor, which is under construction in France. In this regard, equipment must be delivered regularly to ensure installation work is continuous and in accordance with the schedule, a delay in its delivery can cause a delay in the commissioning of the project,” Leonid Khimchenko, Deputy Director of the Russian ITER Agency, said.
    Icebreakers. The first RITM-200 reactor for the serial new-generation Yakutia icebreaker has been manufactured and prepared for shipment at the production site of JSC ZiO-Podolsk (part of Rosatom) The reactor weighs 147.5 tons, its height is 7.3 meters, and diameter is 3.3 meters. Yakutia is the fourth icebreaker of the Project 22220 and it will be put into operation in 2025. Two more icebreakers are being built: Ural (2022) and Chukotka (2026). Arktika and Siberia of the same project are already operating. All Project 22220 icebreakers are equipped with two RITM 200 reactors with a capacity of 175 MW each. The dual-draft design allows the vessels to be used both in Arctic waters and in the mouths of polar rivers.
    Rosatom will build a center for irradiation of foods and medical devices in Uzbekistan by 2023. The respective agreement between Rosatom and the Uzbek Gatter Group has been signed, and manufacturing of the main equipment has already begun. Irradiation, while safe for people, increases the shelf life of products. The center is designed to process more than 70,000 tons of fruits and vegetables and 7,000 tons of medical products per year. “The multipurpose processing center in Uzbekistan is the first such project for Rosatom abroad. The center will promote the development of agriculture and retail, which will lead to the growth of the country’s economic potential,” says Igor Obrubov, Rusatom Healthcare Director General.
    The Petrozavodsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom machine-building division) manufactured four guide vanes for the casing of the main circulation pump units for the Kudankulam NPP Unit 5 in India. It ensures the circulation of the coolant in the primary circuit. The reactor equipment of a power unit includes four main circulation pump units.
    Cooperation between Russia and Hungary in the implementation of the Paks II NPP construction project continues. In early May, a working meeting between the head of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev and Hungarian  Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó was held. Topical issues of the Paks II project  implementation and other Rosatom projects in Hungary were considered. The parties paid particular attention to the implementation of the key activities of the roadmap for the Paks-ll for 2022-2023 and moving to the construction stage. An agreement was reached to continue regular contacts.
    The reactor vessel of the Kudankulam NPP Unit 3 in India, which is being built by Rosatom, has been installed in the design position.  This is a key event, after which the installation of the equipment of the reactor begins.  Two units with VVER-1000 reactors with a capacity of 1000 MW each are already in operation with four more units under construction.
    The reactor containment shell was loaded onto the Yakutia nuclear icebreaker, which is currently under construction.  The protective shell, consisting of eight sections, weighs 220 tons.  This is a kind of “sarcophagus” that ensures the safety of personnel during the operation of the reactor.  Yakutia is the fourth vessel of the Project 22220, which is being built at the Baltic Shipyard for Rosatom.
    Istanbul hosted a working meeting between Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and IAEA head Rafael Mariano Grossi.  The parties discussed in detail safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine under current circumstances.  Alexey Likhachev emphasized that ensuring the safe operation of nuclear installations in the broadest sense possible was an absolute priority for the Russian side.