Volgodonsk Nuclear Power Plant

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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.

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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.

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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

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Miniature of a nuclear reactor that is being used at the plant

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The sign says: “Specific radioactivity of different substances”

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That thing is located deep inside into the reactor; that’s where clusters with uranium fuel are loaded

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Shrine built on NPP’s money on the territory of the facility

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Through these prolonged corridors you can get from one part of the plant to another without exiting the building

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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

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At the other side of the room a generator is located; they are linked together with connecting piece

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Thanks to the high-quality protection system radiation level is not so high here and workers are allowed not to wear special uniform

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Operating panel

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Inscription on the mirror states: “That’s the person who is responsible for security at the NPP”

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Here are some other photos:

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14 thoughts on “Volgodonsk Nuclear Power Plant”

  1. Those things are steam turbines driving the generator on a common axle. The reactor is in an adjacent building. I’ve been inside two NPP’s.

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  2. You know to tell you truth, I think all this would be more interesting to me if I’d seen it in person. But with just a few words here and there, I don’t like it because I don’t know so much about this nuclear power. Maybe I will read about it so I have basic understanding of it. Then I can appreciate these photos.

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  3. Nice idea about the mirror! But I’d say more accurate interpretation would sound like “resposible for safety”, not security.

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  4. Is the information/education area open to the public now?

    It looks fascinating!

    Thanks to the photographer and ER Admin for sharing pictures and post.

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  5. Mr or Mrs Webmaster i just got a popup from my firewall when i opened your website do you know why this occured? Could it possibly from your ads or something? Thanks, really strange i hope it was harmless?

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  6. I just wanted to say thanks for writing this post. I was reading up about this last week- you’re post has clarified a number of questions I couldn’t find elsewhere- thanks!

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