Volgodonsk NPP is a facility located near Volgodonsk city, in Rostov region. It is considered to be one of the largest plants in the southern part of Russia, which provides 15% of annual production for the whole region. And on December 5, direction of the plant allowed a mob of Russian bloggers to take an excursion to the facility and study out what is what.
Here is a bit of history. In 1977 building works began but in 1990 due to the disaster at Chernobyl APP and poor economic conditions the construction was suspended. Notably that the readiness of the 1-st unit was 95% and 50% of the 2-nd respectively. Then in 1998 the construction project was updated and by the middle of 2001 first unit was finished and successfully hooked up. In 2002, the building of second supply unit was continued and its starting was scheduled for the beginning of 2010. Moreover, in the middle of 2009 they issued a license for construction of 3-rd and 4-th power generating units and the building of the former has already begun.
The guys were allowed to data center, where first power generating unit is located, and managed to visit and learn about unit control room and turbine house. Now let’s go straight to the photos:
Wide shot of the main hall of the information center
Miniature of a nuclear reactor that is being used at the plant
The sign says: “Specific radioactivity of different substances”
That thing is located deep inside into the reactor; that’s where clusters with uranium fuel are loaded
Shrine built on NPP’s money on the territory of the facility
Through these prolonged corridors you can get from one part of the plant to another without exiting the building
And that huge thing located into the powerhouse hall is a reactor. You hardly can estimate the sizes of the room, it is as big as a soccer field
At the other side of the room a generator is located; they are linked together with connecting piece
Thanks to the high-quality protection system radiation level is not so high here and workers are allowed not to wear special uniform
Inscription on the mirror states: “That’s the person who is responsible for security at the NPP”
Here are some other photos:
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