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Sergei Ivanov welcomed the start of the construction of a new unit of the Novoronezh nuclear power plant in the Voronezh region
First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov welcomed the start of the construction of a new unit of the Novoronezh nuclear power plant in the Voronezh region. “This is an important event for the atomic energy industry,” he said at the ceremony on Wednesday. In his view, “The situation in the Voronezh region is improving steadily, primarily at the expense of the real sector of the economy – civil and military production, and construction.” Ivanov said he wished there would be “more diversification, including in agriculture”. The head of Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Sergei Kiriyenko, placed a capsule into the foundation of two reactors at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. “Sergei Kiriyenko will also familiarise himself with the operation of the functioning reactors of the NPP,” Rosatom's press service told Itar-Tass. The construction of two units on the basis of water-moderated reactors, each with a rated power of 1,000 megawatt, commences the implementation of a federal programme to develop the country's nuclear power generation sector in 2007-2012 and until 2015. The programme aims at boosting the share of nuclear power generation in Russia's energy balance 1.5 to 2 times by the year 2015. To this end, Russia will annually launch the construction of two reactors until 2015, and three or four reactors after 2015. Novovoronezh is the site for pilot models of the first batch-produced reactors under the NPP-2006 project. This year, Rosenergoatom will allocate 620 million roubles for the NPP-2 in Novovoronezh, and another 2.5 billion roubles from the federal budget are earmarked for the purpose. The Novovoronezh NPP-2 construction project is estimated to cost 100 billion roubles. The first reactor will go on line in 2012, and the second one in 2013. These units considerably differ from the reactors Russia is operating at present. Their modern equipment and materials provide for reliable and accident-free functioning during the whole period of operation. They are similar to the units Russia is building at the Kudankulam NPP in India. The Novovoronezh reactors will replace units 3 and 4 with a rated power of 417,000 watt built more than 30 years ago. It will help create conditions for rapid development of new energy-consuming productions in Central Russia and decommission aging capacities without detriment to power supply in the region. At present, the NPP in Novovoronezh operates reactors 4 and 5. Reactor No. 3r is undergoing scheduled overhaul until June 30.
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