We are at the Novosibirsk Plant of Chemical Concentrates where fuel assemblies for nuclear power plants are made.
Nuclear reactor is something like a huge kettle that boils water. The water is heated under the impact of the chain nuclear reation that happens in the fuel assembly. Such assemblies are produced just here, in Novosibirsk.
Alexander once came to the plant as an ordinary worker but now he is the chief of the shop.
Each time a new assembly is developed, they try to make it better: more rigid, reliable and safe. Old technologies are sold to other countries.
It is the very beginning of the technological chain.
One can walk only within these lines.
Enriched uranium is delivered from Seversk to Novosibirsk.
Now it has to be processed in the way to make fuelÂ pellets from it. It is heated, various ingredients are added etc.
All equipment for this stage of production is developed and produced on the territory of Russia.
Then the fuel ofÂ right consistency is packed into such cones.
Now the cones are put into the centrifuges to be rotated.
It’s scary to think what is inside of these pots.
Now the fuel is put into the press forÂ pellets forming.