Novovoronezh NPP: the representatives of Paks (Hungary) Mayor’s Office visited the town of nuclear specialists

The visit of Hungarian delegation to Novovoronezh was held as the part of the Memorandum according which Novovoronezh and Paks became the sister cities. The document was signed by the Russian fund “Association of the location areas of NPPs”* and the Hungarian “Social Control and Informative Association” (TEIT) in 2015. The parties expressed the wish to exchange experience with regard to the interaction of executive bodies of local authorities at the location areas of the NPPs.

During the three-day visit the foreign guests visited the observation site of new power unit of Novovoronezh NPP, the Training Centre (TC) where the Russian and foreign nuclear specialists undergo their training and improve their qualification. During the sightseeing tour in the town of nuclear specialists Hungarian delegation visited the main social and sports facilities.

“We liked Novovoronezh very much, it is neat, beautiful and compact”, the main financial expert of Paks Mayor’s Office Haaz Adamne shared her impressions. “We are fine about the fact that we’ll have new power units in our town. The construction of the NPP means the town development, and this is the most important for us.”

In the Town Duma the meeting with the representative of the town authority and public organization of Novovoronezh was held in the form of the round table.

“I am glad that after a long break we communicate as actively as earlier”, the Novovoronezh Head Nikolay Netyaga greeted the guests. “And if previously only nuclear specialists communicate with one another, now we have friendly relationship between cities.”

“Our main purpose is to adopt the best practices in financial and legal issues from our Novovoronezh colleagues”, Haaz Adamne said. “We’ve taken photos of everything we’ve seen today and even made notes of some moments interesting for us. We’d like to see the same work group in Novovoronezh coming to Paks with return visit.”

It is to be recalled that in December, 2014 Russia and Hungary signed the documents on the construction of the fifth and sixth power units of Paks with VVER-1200 reactors of Russian technology.

*The fund of assistance in development of municipalities “Association of location areas of NPPs” (ALA NPP Fund) was registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on 6 February, 2013. ALA NPP Fund was established with the purpose to combine efforts of Rosenergoatom JSC and local authority bodies of municipalities in implementation of the federal and regional programs directed at the increase of the social and economical level and infrastructure development of location areas of the NPPs, the formation of the high standard of welfare level and environmental comfort of living for the citizens of the areas, population awareness about the safe operation of the operating Russian NPPs. 

Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the largest Division of Rosatom State Corporation – Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated on the River Don bank 42 km South of Voronezh. This is the first NPP of Russia with VVER type reactors (Water-Water Power Reactors of containment type with water under pressure). Three reactors of the Plant are the main ones – the prototypes of the serial power reactors. The first power unit was commissioned in 1964, the second one - in 1969, the third one – in 1971, the fourth one – in 1972, and the fifth one – in 1980.

The power units No 1 and No 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was shut down in 2016 for the decommissioning events. The power unit No 4 was shut down for modernization works. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 is in the stage of commissioning works.

The latest information about radiation situation near Russian NPPS and other nuclear power facilities can be seen at www.russianatom.ru

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