Rosatom ‘plans new nuclear technology exports’: Corporate
June 11, 2021
Rosatom will soon submit to the Russian government its plan to invest 506 billion rubles ($ 7 billion) in new nuclear technologies by 2030, according to Kommersant. Of this amount, RUB 150 will come from the state budget. The plan, dubbed “New Atomic Energy,” was presented for evaluation to the State Council’s Energy Working Group. If approved, it would be included in the government’s socio-economic development strategy for the next decade, according to the newspaper.
Akademik Lomonosov was commissioned in May 2020 (Image: Rosenergoatom)
The plan aims to build four floating power plants using RITM-200 reactors (55 MWe each) by the end of 2028 for the Baim extraction and refining plant in Chukotka. It aims to commission the first land-based nuclear power plant, using RITM-200N technology, by the end of 2030, for the Kyuchusskoye gold deposit in Yakutia. Also by the end of the decade, the plan is to launch pilot units called Shelf M (up to 10 MWe) and Elena AM (400 kWe and 5 Gcal / h), in remote areas of the country. Rosatom hopes to conclude the first export contract for its small nuclear power plants by the end of 2026, and six units by the end of 2030.
The only small nuclear power plant commissioned to date in the world is the 70 MWe floating unit at Rosatom. Akademik Lomonosov.
The second axis of the plan is the “Waste-free Atom” project for a closed cycle of nuclear fuel and the construction of fast neutron reactors. The lead-cooled BREST-300 fast reactor is expected to enter service at the end of 2027, according to Kommersant. By the end of the decade, the design documentation for the BN-1200M with sodium coolant will be ready, he added.
The third is “Pure Atom for the World”, which concerns Roastom’s plan to export nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants of non-Russian design. The first contract is expected to be signed next year. By the end of 2030, a portfolio of four contracts and the extension of the supply base of 18 PWR reactors (TVS-Kvadrat fuel assemblies) are planned. According to the article, Rosatom is targeting 24% of the global nuclear fuel supply market by 2030, up from 17% currently.
Rosatom already has a commercial contract for the supply of TVS-Kvadrat for the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden, as well as a contract for the commercial pilot operation of fuel with an undisclosed nuclear power plant operator in the United States.
Rosatom refused to confirm the contents of the Kommersant article.
Research and writing by World Nuclear News