The Rostov NPP: the Akkuyu NPP engineers adopt best practices from the Volgodonian nuclear power experts

A team of nuclear power specialists from Turkey have paid a visit to the Rostov NPP as a part of the Akkuyu NPP staff training. Five engineers from the Akkuyu NPP chemical water treatment department have been studying the practices of the Rostov NPP’s chemical hall operation for several days.

There are three areas of cooperation between the Turkish and the Russian teams: documentation, schemes and chemical hall (CH) equipment operation modes; workstations’ walkabout and interviews with the CH staff; getting up to speed on the equipment maintenance schedules.

When summarizing the outcomes of the visit, Alexey Gryaznov, the deputy head of the Rostov NPP’s chemical hall, said that his Turkish counterparts were particularly interested by the way the distillatory and the demineralization plant work. The water to be demineralized is delivered from the Tsymliany water reservoir, evaporated and transferred though a special treatment system. Further on, it undergoes a multi-stage quality verification at the chemical hall laboratory equipped with modern high-technology equipment, and then it caters for the technological needs of the Rostov NPP.

‘The reason our colleagues from Turkey were so excited about the distillatory and the demineralization plant of the Rostov NPP is that similar facilities will be constructed at the Akkuyu NPP. This is why our partners were also willing to learn about the way this equipment works and how to properly maintain it, in particular, how to perform repairs, what should be the maintenance schedule and how to draft this schedule’, Alexey Gryaznov noted.

Rosatom is building the first nuclear power plant in the Turkish province of Mersin according to a Russian design. The NPP will encompass four 3+ generation VVER-type reactor power blocks with the capacity of 1200 megawatt each. The project on constructing the first NPP in Turkey is implemented based on the intergovernmental agreement signed between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on May 12, 2010.

Rostov NPP is the branch of the Rosenergoatom (a part of the Electric Energy Division – the largest division of Rosatom State Corporation). The enterprise is located at the shore of Tsimlyansk Reservoir 13 km away from the town of Volgodonsk. The NPP operates the reactors of VVER-1000 type with the installed capacity of 1,000 MW. The power unit No 1 was put into industrial operation in 2001, No 2 – in 2010, No 3 – in September, 2015. The power unit No 4 was started up in February, 2018. 

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