Because of the problem, one of the units of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant had to be shut down, and it is expected that it will not be able to restart until the second half of December.

Turbine blades broke at one of Rosatom’s Russian nuclear power plants, where two reactors were installed, also being built in Turkey and scheduled to be built in Hungary during the PAX expansion. He writes the Reuters.

The problem was reported by the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation. It is not yet clear what caused the turbine blades to break, but one unit of the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, located west of St. Petersburg, had to be shut down on Sunday.

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The block where the problem occurred was built in 2018 with a new generation pressurized water reactor VVER 1200. Units of this type are being built by Russia at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey and are also planned for the Paks-2 power plant in Hungary. Russia has already delivered such weapons to Belarus.

Alexander Sotikov, head of Rosenergoatom, said the failed blades were part of a 1,200-megawatt high-speed steam turbine. The turbines are manufactured by the Power Machines company owned by businessman Alexei Mordasov.

Power Machines announced that the same type of turbine has been operating without problems in four power generation units since 2016. They also added that they are investigating the case in cooperation with power plant experts, and are trying to uncover the source of the problem, while doing everything in their power to restart operation as soon as possible. Available time.

According to the head of Rosatom, the repairs should be completed by December 22.


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