Over 40 students and teachers from Slovakia have visited the Novovoronezh NPP

Over 40 students and teachers from Slovakia have paid a reference visit to the Novovoronezh NPP. The trip was supported by the Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation.

The foreign guests visited the Information Center for Atomic Energy in Voronezh, which was followed by a trip to the Novovoronezh NPP innovative power blocks’ observation deck.

A lecture from an associate professor of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI about the role of the atomic energy in the modern world was organized for the guests.

‘High-school students from different Slovak cities came to the Novovoronezh NPP. What they have in common is that they have advanced curriculum in the Russian language, and they are here to improve their skill set as a part of the 4th annual seminar ‘The Russian language as a means of studying Central Russian history and culture’ under the auspices of the Voronezh State Pedagogics University. The representatives of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI visited our school this year, and the students got excited about the nuclear power. When they learnt there was a nuclear power plant next to Voronezh, they were keen to see it’, Stefanika Lauffova Adriana, a Russian teacher at the Milan Rastislav gymnasia, said.

‘We elaborated on the basics of the atomic energy and the curriculum of major technical universities in Russia, including the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, for foreign students. We already have successful track record of working with Slovakia in this matter: last year, a Slovak student completed her Master’s studies in the English language’, Yury Volkov, an associate professor of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI theoretical and experimental physics of nuclear reactors, noted.

The highlight of the trip was a visit to a full-scale simulator of the innovative power blocks at the International staff training center.


On June 5, 2019, during the visit of Peter Pellegrini, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, to Moscow, Rosatom and the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic signed a mutual understanding and cooperation memorandum in the realm of peaceful use of atomic energy. Alexey Likhachev signed the document on behalf of the Rosatom State Corporation as the CEO, and Peter Žiga signed it as the Minister of Economy of Slovakia. The memorandum outlines the cooperation directions with regard to maintenance and upgrade of the Slovak NPPs, facilitation of safe and reliable deliveries of the Russian nuclear fuel, implementation of ambitious projects related to the construction and shutdown of NPPs in the Slovak Republic, the participation of Slovak companies and organizations in equipment and service delivery for NPP construction projects managed by the Rosatom State Corporation. The parties have also agreed to develop atomic energy staff training programs and exchange their experience and best practices. In order to define particular joint cooperation initiatives, a special Joint coordination committee will be established.

Slovakia is a country in Central Europe that boasts two nuclear power plants with the total capacity of 1940 megawatt: Bohunice and Mochovce. The combined output of the two NPPs accounts for over 55% of the total electric power production in the country, which makes Slovakia the world’s runner-up on this indicator, with France being #1. The annual output of the two operating power blocks is 15 billion kilowatt-hours. The Bohunice and Mochovce NPPs run VVER-440 reactors, which are the same ones as those at the upgraded 4th power block and the shutdown 3rd power block of the Novovoronezh NPP.

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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