Russia currently operates 10 nuclear power plants with a total of 31 reactors producing 143 TWh of power that cover some 15 percent of the country’s electricity needs (about 3 percent in the energy balance). Half of the country’s reactors are considered high-risk by international experts. Eight of Russia’s 10 nuclear power plants are in the European part of Russia, East of the Ural. Two others are east of the Urals―one in Far Eastern Siberia. Typically, Russian nuclear power plants run either VVER type reactors (15) or graphite moderated RBMK reactors (11) of the fatally-flawed Chernobyl-type. Other reactor types include the EPR-6, and the BN-60 fast neutron reactor. Civilian nuclear power plants in Russia are owned and operated by the state-owned Rosenergoatom company. Of special concern are the RBMK’s that are still in service, and those reactors that receive extensions of their engineered life span―a dangerous, and often illegally performed, process to squeeze more time out of reactors that should be decommissioned.
The Russian Legal Information Agency has reported that the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard has dropped its appeal against a court decision to impound the world's first floating nuclear power plant, which it is helping to build, World Nuclear News reported.comments
Russian Accounts Chamber Chairman Sergei Stepashin and his Norwegian counterpart Auditor General Jørgen Kosmo will together sign a memorandum with analysis and conclusions on Norway-sponsored nuclear safety projects in the Russian Northwest, the Barents Observer reported.comments
Turkey will put a project to build the country's first nuclear power plant up for bid again after it cancelled a bid it already accepted from Russia's Atomstroieksport, Power Engineering International reported.comments
Comments to the yearly report by the Russian industrial safety oversight agency Rostekhnadzor and ruminations on whether there is any logic to be found in the state nuclear corporation Rosatom’s actions.comments