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1st in the world. Russia’s watchdog Rostechnadzor issued the license to build BREST-OD-300 reactor

The Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) is the supervisory body of the Russian Government on ecological, technological, and nuclear issues.

1st in the world. Russia’s watchdog Rostechnadzor issued the license to build BREST-OD-300 reactor

Moscow, February 15 - Neftegaz.RU. Rostechnadzor gave Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) the license for building of the world’s 1st pilot demonstration power unit with a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300, which uses mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel and integrated design.

V.Pershukov, Special Representative of ROSATOM for International, Science and Technology Projects said:
  • First of all, I congratulate all the industry with this important event which we approached in a planned and systemic manner
  • The license issue means that Rostechnadzor got all necessary answers on its questions concerning building the BREST power unit
  • In turn, it speaks that all key results of the project will be achieved by the RTTM Complex Program as planned for 2021
New federal standards and regulations, which consider features of the project, were developed during safety evaluation of the pilot demonstration power unit. They included:
  • Requirements to layout and safe operation of the reactor, equipment and pipelines of lead-cooled nuclear installations
  • Requirements to justification of strength of the reactor and pipelines of lead-cooled nuclear installations
16 standards of ROSATOM, which detail requirements and consider all features of BREST-OD-300 power unit, have been put into force.

The pilot demonstration power facility (ODEK) is being built in SCC.
It will consist of a power unit with the lead-cooled reactor BREST-OD-300 and on-site closed nuclear fuel cycle which will include the reprocessing module for irradiated mixed uranium-plutonium (nitride) fuel and fabrication/re-fabrication module for production of start-up fuel rods from brought-in materials and, later, fuel rods from reprocessed irradiated nuclear fuel.

For the 1st time ever in the world ODEK has to demonstrate sustainable operation of the complete facility which closes nuclear fuel cycle.
The on-site nuclear fuel cycle provides for testing technologies of the “short fuel cycle” within short time on one site.

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