Putin discusses Russian nuclear industry with Rosatom chief

Putin discusses Russian nuclear industry with Rosatom chief

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Sergey Kirienko, head of Russia’s state nuclear power corporation – Rosatom meets president Vladimir Putin in Moscow recently to apprise him the latest achievements of Russian nuclear industry. Kirienko during the meeting termed recent start-up of Novovoronezh NPP reactor as a flagship event for global nuclear industry, as it is the first generation III+ unit which was connected to national grid. The first in the world generation III+ unit was built in Russia strictly in accordance with “post-Fukushima” safety requirements. He added that similar power units are being constructed in Belarus, Hungary, Egypt and Bangladesh.
Rosatom’s Chief highlighted the achievements in the field of Fast Neutron technology. Russia’s Beloyarsk NPP with its fast neutron reactor BN-800 went to full operation recently. Being the most technologically advanced power unit in the world the BN-800 can produce more safe and clean energy. A Fast Reactor uses uranium isotope U-238, which is 100 times more abundant in nature and leaves minimum waste at the end.
Kirienko also noted that a groundbreaking ceremony took place at Bushehr in Iran on September 10, inaugurating construction of second and third power units. He added that Rosatom in addition to construction of the units to sign new contracts for the whole life cycle, including services, operation, and fuel supplies.
As for nuclear medicine Kirienko highlighted that Rosatom’s success in production of not only isotopes but also radiopharmaceuticals. Moreover, a complete technological chain of Russian-made medical equipment is in place now. He further informed that technical characteristics of Russia’s equipments are as good as and sometimes even better than those of foreign equivalents, and the cost is at least twice lower.-News Desk

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