Kursk Nuclear Power Plant

The Kursk Nuclear Power Plant (Russian: Курская АЭС [About this soundpronunciation ]) is a nuclear power plant located in western Russia on the bank of the Seym River about 40 kilometers west of the city of Kursk. The nearby town of Kurchatov was founded when construction of the plant began. The plant feeds the grid for Kursk Oblast and 19 other regions.

Kursk Nuclear Power Plant
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Control room at the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant
Official nameКурская АЭС
CountryRussia
Coordinates51°40′30″N 35°36′20″E / 51.67500°N 35.60556°E / 51.67500; 35.60556Coordinates: 51°40′30″N 35°36′20″E / 51.67500°N 35.60556°E / 51.67500; 35.60556
StatusOperational
Construction beganJune 1, 1972
Commission dateOctober 12, 1977
Operator(s)Rosenergoatom
Nuclear power station
Reactor typeRBMK
Power generation
Units operational4 × 1,000 MW
Nameplate capacity4,000 MW
Capacity factor65.0%
Annual net output22,760 GW·h
External links
Websitehttp://kunpp.ru/
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The reactors at the plant are the now obsolete RBMK type, the same type used at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The plant was originally equipped with two reactors. Two more reactors were added between 1983 and 1985.

The Kursk Nuclear Power Plant and the neighbouring town of Kurchatov stood in for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Pripyat for the production of the 1991 American television movie Chernobyl: The Final Warning.

In 2018, the first concrete construction started on Kursk-II-1, a VVER-TOI reactor. Kursk-II-1 and II-2 will replace Kursk 1 and 2 which are approaching end of life.[1][2]

Reactor dataEdit

The Kursk Nuclear Power Plant has 4 operational units:

Unit[3] Reactor type Net
capacity
Gross
capacity
Construction
started
Electricity
Grid
Commercial
Operation
Shutdown
Kursk 1 RBMK-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1972-06-01 1976-12-19 1977-10-12 2021 planned
Kursk 2 RBMK-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1973-01-01 1979-01-28 1979-08-17 2024 planned
Kursk 3 RBMK-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1978-04-01 1983-10-17 1984-03-30 2029 planned
Kursk 4 RBMK-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1981-05-01 1985-12-02 1986-02-05 2030 planned
Kursk 5 MKER-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1985-12-01 - - Construction stopped 2012-08-15
Kursk 6[4] RBMK-1000 925 MW 1,000 MW 1986-08-01 - - Construction cancelled 1993-12-01
Kursk II-1[5] VVER-1300/510 1,115 MW 1,255 MW 2018-04-29[6] - - -
Kursk II-2 VVER-1300/510 1,115 MW 1,255 MW 2019-04-15 - - -

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Russia to start building Kursk-II in first half of 2018". Nuclear Engineering International. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "AEM Technology sees milestone with first VVER-TOI". World Nuclear News. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ Power Reactor Information System of the IAEA: „Russian Federation: Nuclear Power Reactors“ Archived 2008-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kursk-6 on the PRIS of the IAEA
  5. ^ Kursk 2-1 on the PRIS of the IAEA
  6. ^ http://www.atominfo.ru/newss/z0219.htm

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