atw 2018-03v6


atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March

| | Rosatomflot increased the number of ice-breaking escorts through the Northern Sea Route in 2017

the Yuribei took part in loading the

first batch of Yamal LNG.

The contract for the port fleet

services is in effect till December 2040

with potential prolongation to two

periods of 5 years each.

The “Atomflot’s Plan of Measures to

Hold the Environmental Year in 2017”

was implemented. The company

operates with no spent nuclear fuel

and radioactive waste accumulating.

In 2017, the disposal of the nuclear

icebreaker Sibir and floating maintenance

base Lepse continued.

In June 2017, the off-shipment of

the first batch of spent nuclear fuel

from Andreeva Bay’s storage facility

for further reprocessing at the

Rosatomflot’s lighter ship Rossita was

the important event for rehabilitation

of the North-West Region.

The positive developments of

Atomflot and the work to conclude

long-term contracts on ice-breaking

services in large-scale projects in the

Arctic Zone of Russia are expected to

allow Rosatomflot to keep with pace

in all main businesses of the company

in 2018.

| | (18501545),

Fennovoima: Support has

increased for Finland’s

Hanhikivi Nuclear Project

(nucnet) Local support for the Hanhikivi-1

nuclear power plant project in

Finland has increased by 7.6 % since

last year, according to a telephone

survey of 850 people.

Project developer Fennovoima said

75 % of residents in the Pyhäjoki area

support the plant, which is scheduled

to begin commercial operation in


When surrounding municipalities

were also taken into account, 71.9 %

of residents were in favour of the

project, an increase of 9.9 % over a

similar survey last year.

Fennovoima said the increased support

is an indication that the impact of

the Hanhikivi-1 project, which is using

Russian reactor technology, is becoming

more visible. Fennovoima said

local companies have been “strongly

involved” in the project.

| | (18501707),

Saudi Arabia to award nuclear

contracts by end of year

(nucnet) Saudi Arabia, the world’s

biggest oil exporter, plans to award

contracts in December 2018 for the

construction of its first nuclear power

plants, Bloomberg reported, quoting a

government official involved with the


The kingdom has received requests

from five bidders from China, France,

the US, South Korea and Russia to

perform the engineering, procurement

and construction work on two

nuclear reactors, Abdulmalik al

Sabery, a consultant in the business

development department at King

Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable

Energy, said in an interview in

Abu Dhabi.

“By April we will sign a project

development agreement with two to

three selected vendors,” Mr al Sabery

said. “We are going to have only one

winner that will be building the two

reactors.” The government expects

construction to start next year and is

aiming to commission the plants in

2027, he said.

Saudi Arabia wants to diversify its

economy and lessen its dependence

on oil sales for most of its official

revenue. As part of these reforms, the

country wants to meet a larger share

of its energy needs from renewables

such as solar power and from nuclear


Its neighbour the United Arab

Emirates is close to completing the

first of four reactors supplied by South

Korea at the Barakah nuclear station.

In September 2017 a Saudi official

told the International Atomic Energy

Agency that the kingdom was carrying

out feasibility studies before deciding

how and where to build its first reactors.

The official said Saudi Arabia

would have an independent body to

supervise its nuclear industry by the

third quarter of 2018.

| | (18501719),

Finland: Loviisa had record

production year in 2017

(nucnet) Fortum’s two-unit Loviisa

nuclear power station had a record

production year in 2017, generating

8.16 TWh (net) of power, which is

more than 10 % of Finland’s total

electricity production.

Fortum said the 92.7 % load factor

of the Loviisa facility was among the

best in the world for pressurised water

reactor power plants.

Loviisa-1’s load factor was 92.7 %

and Loviisa-2’s was 92.6 %. Production

output at Loviisa-1 was the

highest in the station’s history and at

Loviisa-2 was the second highest.

Both units underwent a short

refuelling annual outage in 2017. Unit

1 was out of production for 21 days

and Unit 2 for 17 days.

In addition to normal scheduled

maintenance and fuel replacement,

high-pressure safety injection pump

motors were renewed. A turbine’s

high-pressure housing was modernised

and two turbine reheaters

replaced to increase the power plants’

production and improve efficiency.

Fortum sad its investments in

Loviisa in 2017 were approximately

€90m ($108m), compared to €100m

in 2016. Investments in the coming

years will continue to be significant,

the company said.

Both Fortum units are 502-MW

PWRs supplied by Russia. Unit 1

began commercial operation in May

1977 and Unit 2 in January 1981.

| | (18501713),

China: Tianwan-3

aynchronised to grid

(nucnet) The Tianwan-3 nuclear plant

under construction in Jiangsu province,

northeastern China, has been

synchronised to the grid and has

delivered its first kilowatt-hours of

electrical energy at a power level of

25 %, Russia’s state nuclear corporation

Rosatom said on 2 January


Rosatom said the 990-MW VVER

V-428M unit, which reached first

criticality in September 2017, would

now undergo a series of tests at power

levels of 50 %, 75 % and 100 %. At

100 % power the unit will be operated

for 100 hours before regulators




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