The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

In short, a nuclear power plant is a large boiler. Boiling water heated up to 270 degrees Celsius goes to the reactor where it cools fuel rods with pellets of uranium inside. It goes out with a temperature of 276 degrees Celsius. Part of this water evaporates and the steam rotates the turbines. This is how electricity is produced.

Let’s visit the only nuclear power plant built under the conditions of the permafrost. It is located in Bilibino, the Chukchi Autonomous District.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

About 700 people work at the power plant.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

It is guarded by military men who check passports and cameras of all people entering the power plant.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

“Evacuation plan”, “Shelter – 18 m”.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

This is the entrance leading into the shelter. Yet they say it is closed and no one knows where the key is.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

In the chief engineer’s office.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Putting on special overalls.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Workers of the nuclear power plant have their personal dosimeters which get zeroed once a month.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

This is where they leave their dosimeters after work.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

“This is the one responsible for safety”.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

In this department there are turbines that turn steam into electricity.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Water pumps.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

A control center.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Circuit breakers.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

In this department they ask their visitors not to raise their hands.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The main control center.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

All these signs say “Do not turn on! People are working”.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

A power supply plan.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Behind this door you will find four nuclear reactors.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The reactors are hidden under those red circles. On the left are the fuel rods.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Spent fuel is kept here, in special shafts.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

One of the four reactors.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

This reactor is not working right now so it’s open.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Let’s take a closer look at it.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

The closer you come, the louder your dosimeter cracks.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

These pictures show how the covers of the reactors can be lifted.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

Those leaving this department get scanned.

The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant

“The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant”.

Location: Bilibino

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3 thoughts on “The Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant”

  1. This plant was helped constructed by volunteers from the Communist Union of Youth! And the religious icon on the wall ain’t gonna help anything (or anyone).

  2. Increible!!!, verdaderamente asombroso!!!. Es la primera vez que puedo ver como es un reactor nuclear por dentro. Por mas que me guste la informatica, aeronaves, barcos y el espacio, esto me ha gustado y he aprendido muchisimo!. Gracias Staff de EnglishRussia!!!.

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