Rostechnadzor Grants Operating Licenses for Two NPP Units
December 4, 2017. Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) has granted operating licenses for the first VVER-1200 unit of Leningrad-2 and the fourth VVER-1000 unit of Rostov.
The licenses have been issued after Rostechnadzor performed all required safety reviews and target inspections to make sure that the units were ready for first criticality. According to Mikhail Miroshnichenko, acting head of the Department for Safety Regulation of Nuclear Plants and Research Nuclear Installations, it is a symbolic event for the Russian nuclear industry as two nuclear power units at once were previously commissioned within a year in the former USSR more than 40 years ago.
It should be reminded that the world’s first nuclear power plant was commissioned in the city of Obninsk, Kaluga Region, on June 26, 1954. As of April 2017, 10 NPPs comprising a total of 35 units operated in the territory of Russia. The current share of nuclear generation in the country’s energy mix is about 19 percent.