Arctic SMR plans move forward: New Nuclear


August 09, 2021

Rusatom Overseas was licensed as a competent to build Russia’s first SMR power plant on earth. Two RITM-200 reactors are expected to operate in the Russian arctic city of Usk-Kuyga from 2028.

How a power plant based on two RITM-200 reactors could appear (Image: Rusatom Overseas)

“We have taken a new step in the project to build a nuclear power station in the Yakutia region,” said Oleg Sirazetdinov, vice president of Rusatom Overseas. The license comes from a department of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Monitoring, Rostekhnadzor, which deals with radiation safety in an interregional context.

Usk-Kuyga is a city of about 1000 inhabitants located on the arctic coast of the far east of Russia in the Republic of Yakutia. The regional government has agreed to take up to 50 MWe of the plant’s capacity of around 110 MWe.

In November last year, Rosatom said it had worked on “various engineering studies to assess the suitability of the chosen site, including a hydrometeorological study, an environmental study, a geodetic study and a geological study.” On August 5, the company said most of the survey work on the station’s construction site had been completed and a draft of the environmental impact assessment and license supporting documents had been prepared. . Public hearings in Ust-Kuyga in June presented information on the environmental impact of the planned plant.

With the start of construction scheduled for 2024, Sirazetdinov said the new license “is an important step towards the successful implementation of the project.” The new reactors are expected to produce electricity in 2028.

RITM reactors are integrated pressurized water reactors designed by OKBM Afrikantov for use in pairs. They are already used in three of the last icebreakers – Arktika, Sibir and Urals – and are offered for floating nuclear power plants. The construction at Usk-Kuyga will be their first deployment on land.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

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