Novovoronezh II-2 nuclear reactor cleared to start operations (Russia)
Russian state-run nuclear company Rosatom has received regulatory approval to start the second unit of the Novovoronezh-2 nuclear power plant (Novovoronezh II-2), which is currently under construction in southwestern Russia. The reactor's power will be raised from 1% to 35-40%, enabling connection to the grid and eventually the start of commercial operations, which is expected for the end of 2019. The Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant is located on the bank of the Don river, in the Voronezh Oblast of Russia, on the site of the existing Novovoronezh nuclear power plant. The facility includes two 1,114 MW AES-2006 pressurized water reactors of the VVER type. Novovoronezh II-1 was put into commercial operation in February 2017. Two 1,200 MW other units are under consideration.
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