A fresh photo report from the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant.
Before entering the plant, all visitors must be measured for a general background. For this, they sit in a special chair and wait for several minutes. The same is done in the end of the excursion.
An alarm system with a set of sensors is hung all over the plant. To be short, the green light means that everything is fine. Yellow – be on the alert. Red – don’t panic and hurry up, just follow the rules and do what is prescribed.
All visitors are given a uniform. A camera and a passport are the only things that they are allowed to take with themselves.
RBMK-1000 which means “High Power Channel-type Reactor”.
A loading / unloading machine designed for refueling. The process can take place both in a shutdown reactor and when it’s running.
Before the accident at the Chernobyl NPP, the Soviet Union had ambitious plans for the construction of RBMK reactors, but after the accident, these plans were wound up. In total, only two reactors were put into operation: RBMK-1000 at the Smolensk NPP (1990) and RBMK-1500 at the Ignalina NPP (1987). The latter is fully decommissioned now. Another RBMK-1000 of the 5th unit of the Kursk NPP is nearing completion.
The central hall is designed to accommodate complex systems, transport and technological equipment and facilities for the assembly and storage of fresh fuel, the reloading and storage of spent fuel, the repair and replacement of the reactor equipment.
Each central hall has two swimming pools containing spent nuclear fuel. The pools are filled with water to cool the fuel and to provide the personnel with biological protection. This is a traditional shot of a fuel rod glowing underwater.