«Integrated approach is a distinctive feature of the Russian Nuclear Industry New Projects»

All participants of the round table “Advanced projects for Russian Technology-based NPP constructions” at Atomexpo-2011 Show underlined this trend.

Mr. Kirill Komarov, the Deputy Director General for Development and International Business of the State Corporation Rosatom, broached the discussion. He referred that the Russian nuclear industry had the biggest total volume of NPP construction abroad. The Fukushima incident had triggered intense discussions in the world community about nuclear energy concerns, and motivated specialists for implementation of the more reliable safety systems. Mr. Komarov added: “I doubt that the relevance of this subject can be exaggerated, because even after the Japanese tragedy the NPP construction scope in the world is practically the same. We have to deal with the earlier outlined market volumes but take into consideration more stringent equipment safety and reliability requirements. Rosatom is working through about 80 nuclear unit construction projects worldwide, 25 of which are at various stages of construction, the others are being negotiated”.

The Russian nuclear industry has launched a new approach – ВОО (Build-Own-Operate). Mr. Alexander Superfin, the Chief Executive Officer of Akkuyu NPP, had used the example of the Turkish plant under construction to highlight the integrated approach applied for project implementation. «Our Company is in charge of designing, construction, operation and maintenance of Akkuyu NPP, - Mr. Superfin stated. – And we are planning to involve Turkish companies in construction and installation activities, materials and equipment supply, in operation and service as well as in maintenance. To this end Akkuyu NPP launched in September 2011 an annual academic learning program for the Turkish students in the Russian Universities followed by hands-on training at operating NPPs».

The participants of the round table touched upon economic efficiency of the NPP construction. Mr. Sergey Boyarkin, the Program Director of the State Corporation Rosatom, exemplified Baltic NPP as a model of power reliability for the Western Europe and Baltic states. He pointed out that the power consumption was on the increase, and still there was no alternative to a “peaceful atom” in the field of electric power provision to the Kaliningrad power system.

The main characteristics of the existing and future nuclear power plants are the following: safety, reliability and economic efficiency. An integrated approach to program implementation is only able to ensure their planning and tracking. The reports of the NPP builders from Russia, Belorussia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey and Armenia carried this message.

Mr. Gennadiy Tepkyan, the Vice-President of Atomstroyexport CJSC, in his report on the International Safety reminded, that the Construction Project of Belene NPP met the highest international safety requirements; experts from the US, UK and South Africa had been invited to assess its technical and technological solutions.

Mr. Dmitriy Medvedev, the RF President, suggested at the G8 Summit in Deauvillу to update the international regulatory basis related to the NPP safety. All participants of the round table stressed the pressing need of it and predominantly during the NPP construction abroad.