The TVEL company of Rosatom state corporation signed an agreement with Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel AB company (Sweden) for delivery of an experimental consignment of a new design fuel for the Ringhals-3 nuclear power plant, located on the Varo Peninsula, 60 km south of Göteborg. In compliance with the agreement, at first the fuel will undergo qualification at the Chemical Concentrate Plant in Novosibirsk, which Checking and selection of fuel elements on the production line of the Novosibirsk Plant of Chemical Concentrates. Photo, A. Denisov (from the RIA NOVOSTI archives)
will take several years, then in 2014, four or eight national fuel assemblies* will be sent to Sweden. At present there work three nuclear power plants equipped with ten reactors, which provide ~45 percent of electric power generation of the country. The biggest Ringhals-3 has four boilers, which produce the fifth part of this quantity. According to experts, the project's successful implementation will enable Russian producers to approach a new major market of Western design reactors and to extend the Rosatom global business.
Vasily Konstantinov, Vice-President of TVEL company told Alexander Yemelyanenkov, correspondent of the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper, about the importance attached to this agreement by his company and future prospects for the country in this connection.
He has noted that the square-shaped fuel assembly, suggested to the Scandinavian partners and being developed by Rosatom since 2002, is designed for pressurized water reactors (PWR) widespread in the West. It is based on a long-term experience of the manufacture and operation of fuel assemblies for water-cooled power reactors-1000 (VVER-1000)* prevalent in our country. The basic features of this new engineering product are connected, first of all, with the form of its cross-section. Contrary to the conventional national assemblies developed in the USSR and based on a hexagonal section, the square- ... Читать далее