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must lead to prompt and meaningful

action, including on issues such as

price formation.”

| | (18501442), www.nei.org

Reactors

European Union: Thematic

peer review – ageing management

of power and research

reactors

(asn) In 2014, the Council of the

European Union adopted directive

2014/87/EURATOM on nuclear security.

The main purpose of this directive,

supplementing a directive of

2009, was to ensure that the licensees

of nuclear facilities learned the lessons

from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear

Power Plant (NPP) accident which

occurred in 2011.

The peer review process, considered

as an important instrument

for promoting the implementation

of continuous safety improvement

measures, was introduced by the

directive in 2014: a peer review of the

nuclear facilities of each Member

State must thus be carried out every

6 years. This in-depth review

process, inspired by that performed

during the stress tests on nuclear

facilities carried out in the wake of

the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident,

started in 2017.

In July 2015, from among the

proposals made by WENRA, the 30 th

meeting of ENSREG selected ageing

management of power and research

reactors as the topic for this first peer

review. In addition to the national

policies developed on this subject,

particularly close attention was

paid to how they are applied to the

following four technical topics: reactor

vessels, containments, concealed

pipes and electrical cables. In accordance

with the provisions [1] regulating

this peer review, the 19 Member

States concerned and participating in

this review are required to submit

their national reports before the end

of 2017. For the nuclear facilities

concerned, ASN publishes its report

in both English and French on its

website. This report is also published

on the ENSREG website.

Following the publication of the

reports from each Member State, a

peer review of the 19 reports for

mutual examination of the steps taken

by the licensees and their assessment

by the regulators will begin in 2018. A

first workshop is scheduled from 14 to

18 May 2018. It will be an opportunity

to discuss ageing and identify best

practices. The conclusions of this peer

review will be presented to ENSREG.

| | (18501609),

www.french.nuclear-safety.fr

Russia’s nuclear electricity

share increased up to 18.9 %

in 2017

(rosatom) Following 2017, a share of

electricity production by Russian

nuclear power plants (parts of Power

Division of ROSATOM, Rosenergoatom)

has increased up to 18.9 %

(18.3 % in 2016).

In 2017, the capacity factor has also

grown to reach 83.29 % (83.1 % in

2016).

In 2017, electricity generation

at Russian NPPs reached another

record of 202.868 billion kWh

(196.366 billion kWh in 2016). Thus,

cumulative production has increased

more than 6.6 billion kWh while the

FAS balance of 2017 was exceeded by

3 billion kWh or 1.5 % (at the target

indicator of 199.84 billion kWh).

Russian NPPs set the absolute record

over the entire history of the Russian

nuclear power getting closer to the

absolute pro duction record reached

only during the Soviet Union times in

1989 (212.58 billion kWh, considering

plants in Ukraine, Lithuania and

Armenia).

According to the online data of the

System Operator of the United Energy

System of Russia, the generation of

electricity in Russia in 2017 was

1,073.6 billion kWh that is 0.2 % more

than in 2016. UES of Russia’s power

plants produced 1,053.7 billion kWh

that is 0.5 % more than in 2016.

| | (18501543), www.rosatom.ru

Rosatomflot increased the

number of ice-breaking

escorts through the Northern

Sea Route in 2017

(rosatom) FSUE Atomflot (an enterprise

of ROSATOM) has summed up

the results of 2017. According to the

results, 492 ships of the total gross

tonnage of 7.17 million tons passed

the Northern Sea Route assisted by

nuclear ice-breakers in 2017 (for comparison,

in 2016 there were 410 ships

of the gross tonnage of 5.28 million

tons).

“Off-shipment of hydrocarbon products

is the key factor of the nuclear

icebreaker fleet demand. In future,

the escort numbers will rise. Crews of

the port nuclear icebreakers and tow

boats are maximum responsible for

their contractual commitments. This

is the best ads of their work for their

potential clients,” Mustafa Kashka,

Chief Engineer of Atomflot, says.

Atomflot ensures stable annual

growth of earnings. This is due to the

work the company does to keep the

existing icebreaker service consumers

and to find new clients. In 2017, earnings

of the company grew up to RUB

6,622 million (in 2013 – RUB 1,828

million). In total, over five years (2013

to 2017) this indicator grew up by 3.6

times.

Labor efficiency grew from RUB

1,511,000 in 2013 up to RUB 3,667,000

in 2017. The indicator was up by

243 %.

Mustafa Kashka says: “Based on

the 2016 results, for the first time the

united atomic technological complex

has been formed, the company has got

the net profit of RUB 1,201 million due

to company’s effective performance.

The positive financial result was kept

in 2017: Rosatomflot’s net profit is

estimated at RUB 696 million based

on the year results.”

In 2017, Rosatomflot completed

planned works to extend service lives

of reactors at the Vaygach and Taimyr

icebreakers up to 200,000 hours. The

operation time of the icebreakers was

increased to 5 years.

The planned implementation of

the icebreaker reactor life extension

program allows Atomflot completely

excluding an “ice pause” and smoothly

starting operation of universal

nuclear icebreakers of Project 22220

while strictly following the contractual

commitments.

The Baltijskiy Zavod – Sudostroyenie

continues building universal

nuclear icebreakers (UNI) of Project

22220. In September 2017, the first

UNI Sibir was launched. The leading

UNI Arktika will be set off in mid-2019;

the first series-build nuclear icebreaker

Sibir – November 2020 and

the second series-build nuclear icebreaker

Ural – in November 2021.

In 2017, Atomflot continued its

Portoflot project. It was established by

Rosatomflot as part of the global

Yamal LNG project which is implemented

in the Russia’s Arctic Zone.

The building of a port icebreaker, two

icebreaker towing boats and two tow

boats of ice class are to ensure roundthe-year

safe berthing of large-capacity

ships at berths of Sabetta Port.

In November 2017, the icebreaker

towing boat Yuribei of Project T40105

was put in operation. It is of ice class

Arc 6 that allows the ship to render specialized

services to large-size vehicles

carrying liquefied natural gas and stable

gas condensate. In December 2017,

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