(MOSCOW) - Rosatom، the atomic energy corporation in Russia، has reported that the Middle East region’s first VVER-1200 reactors will be installed at Egypt’s El Dabaa NPP، which will feature four units of the type with a total gross power output of 4،800 MW.
The project، the final contracts for which are expected to be signed later in the year، has received praise and recognition from local and regional officials، said a statement from the company.
VVER stands for water-water power reactor – meaning that water is used both as a neutron moderator and as coolant. The-1200 prefix denotes a gross power output of 1،200 MW، making VVER-1200 one of the world’s most powerful nuclear reactors.
The development of a new nuclear reactor technology from initial research to commissioning and commercial use is a time- and effort-consuming process that normally takes years، if not decades، the company said.
This means that the launch of a next-generation reactor design is always a major milestone in the global energy industry.
With Generation IV designs still on the drawing board، the next step in nuclear reactor technology from Generation III is Generation III+، developed to have enhanced safety systems، a longer operational lifetime and decreased both core damage and large release frequencies، among other features.
Unit 6 of the Novovoronezh NPP in central Russia entered into operation in February 2017، becoming the first – and to date only – Gen 3+ reactor in commercial use. The unit features a VVER-1200 pressurised water reactor design developed by Rosatom، Russia’s nuclear power corporation.
VVER-1200’s enhanced features include its extended operational lifetime (60 years for the reactor unit) and enhanced safety systems that comply with the most stringent international regulations introduced after the Fukushima NPP incident.