Future Belarusian nuclear scientists have begun their work experience internship at Novovoronezh NPP

During a week and a half, from 12 February to 22 February, 2018, the fifth year students of the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU), who study Steam Turbine Installations at Nuclear Power Plants will undergo a pre-diploma internship at Novovoronezh NPP.

The future Belarusian nuclear scientists are coming to Novovoronezh for the fourth year in a row within the framework of BNTU cooperation with Novovoronezh NPP. The interns plan to familiarize with the aspects of VVER reactor units’ operation, get tours to the operating power units of Novovoronezh NPP, visit the main structural units of the Nuclear Power Plant.

“The Belarusian NPP support program is being implemented by order of Andrey Petrov, the Director General of Rosenergoatom Concern”, Sergey Nistratov, the Head of the International and External Economic Cooperation Department of NVNPP, noted. “In accordance with modern international requirements, a nuclear power plant should be provided with qualified personnel before commissioning. Belarusian NPP has its own training base at the stage of formation, therefore Belarusian nuclear students regularly undergo their internship at Novovoronezh NPP; and our colleagues from the Republic of Belarus – the workers of the NPP under construction – often come to Novovoronezh for internship, experience exchange, and qualification maintenance.”

Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant is being built in the Ostrovets District of the Grodno Region. It will consist of two power units with a total capacity of up to 2.4 thousand MW. For the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the Republic of Belarus, an innovative project with 3+ generation VVER-1200 reactors was chosen. It previously had been used to build power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2, commissioned in February 2017. 

The Novovoronezh nuclear power plant is a branch of the JSC "Concern Rosenergoatom". The station is located on the bank of the Don River in 42 km to the south of Voronezh. It is the Russia's first nuclear power plant with VVER reactors (water-to-water power reactors of case type with regular water under pressure). Each of five reactors of the station can be a main one – a prototype of serial power reactors: the power unit No. 1 with the VVER-210 reactor, the power unit No. 2 with the VVER-365 reactor, the No. 3, 4 power units with the VVER-440 reactors, the power unit No. 5 with the VVER-1000 reactor. The first power unit was launched in 1964, the second – in 1969, third – in 1971, fourth – 1972, fifth – 1980. There are three power units (power units No.1, 2 were stopped in 1984 and 1990 respectively) in work at the moment.

The power units Nos 1 and 2 were stopped in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was stopped in 2016 for decommissioning activities. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 is in the middle of construction and installation works; its commissioning is planned for 2018.

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