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    Russian Nuclear Deals: News

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    Post  lancelot Sun Jul 04, 2021 6:17 pm

    About Tibet. It is as if people were crying for all the little sultans and maharajas which were wiped out once India was made independent. Just vestiges of feudalism whose regime necessarily will get wiped out in any modern state.
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    Post  Kiko Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:37 pm

    After the Russian vaccine, Hungary makes Europe angry with the "Russian nuclear power plant", by Sergey Savchuk for RIA Novosti. 12.07.2021.

    The most important news of the past week in the energy sector can be called without any exaggeration the statement of the Hungarian Foreign Minister Petr Siyjarto, who announced that his country was going to complete the construction of the fifth and sixth power units at its only nuclear power plant, Paks.

    It is noteworthy that it is almost impossible to find this news in the English-language segment of the media, all the major leading publications have taken water in their mouths. However, this is not surprising for a number of reasons.

    Perhaps we need to start with the fact that Hungary, in a friendly family of European nations, acts as a constant boozer and troublemaker. Recently, Budapest, for example, legally banned LGBT propaganda among minors, which caused natural hysteria in Brussels , and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, directly threatened with sanctions if the Hungarians did not change their minds. The publication Politico , citing its own sources reported that the punishment for such a blatant intolerance The European Commission has frozen the application of Hungary for financial assistance in the amount of 7.2 billion euros.

    Almost simultaneously with this, at the Innoprom international forum in Yekaterinburg, Petr Siyarto said that Hungary was launching industrial production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the city of Debrecen , which the collective Europe not only stubbornly refuses to license, but also does not recognize those vaccinated by it vaccinated. At the same time, the head of the Hungarian government does not hide the fact that production will be carried out with a reserve, that is, the volumes of the produced vaccine will be such that they will not only meet the needs of their own population, but also allow the drug to be exported, because, we will quote the prime minister: "Sputnik V" is already it is used in 65 countries of the world and there is every reason to believe that the demand for it will be observed in the future".

    Hungary, by the way, was the first country in Europe to buy an antikoid drug from Russia , causing terrible displeasure among European officials. The first batch of Sputnik arrived in Hungary in February.

    But back to the question of the peaceful atom.

    Budapest again greatly upset Brussels and its neighbors in the European communal flat by the fact that the choice of a contractor for the construction of two Paksha power units was held without any tender. Hungary delegated all the rights of the Russian corporation Rosatom by default , which is quite logical, given the history and the technical component, but will clearly cause strong discontent at least in the US embassy.

    In the actions of the Hungarian authorities there is no secret intent or desire to pull the western lion's mustache once again. We are talking here exclusively about sober calculation and pragmatism.

    The Paks NPP was built by Soviet specialists for Hungary, which was then part of the Warsaw bloc. Four VVER-440 reactors were put into commercial operation in the period from 1983 to 1987 and since then they have served the country with faith and truth. The "four hundred and forties", although they seem to be a kind of "atomic oldies" today, provide exactly half of the electricity production. That is, the station, in fact, is an enterprise of state importance, guaranteeing a bright and warm life for the Magyars.


    Budapest has been striving for a long time to expand the production of nuclear electricity and it does so, by the way, in full compliance with the newfangled European requirements for decarbonization and the fight against global warming. If the share of uranium accounts for 49.3% of generation, then 8.5% is produced on the basis of coal , that is, it is impossible to take and simply close coal thermal power plants, the country is simply waiting for a collapse. Therefore, back in 2009, the parliament approved the construction of the fifth and sixth power units. It was expected that according to the requirements of the open market, a tender would be held, but the government handed over the project to Rosatom as the legal successor of the Soviet nuclear industry.

    If the station were built, then Hungary would become the first completely "green" country in Europe to abandon hydrocarbon fuels in favor of safe and emission-free uranium. But the cooperation between Moscow and Budapest, as well as the plans of the latter to get out of the energy bondage and become an exporter of electricity in Europe, did not suit someone very much. The government of Austria, which supplies the Hungarians with Russian natural gas, has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Justice to ban the construction. The litigation lasted several years and ended in victory for the Hungarians. It seemed a little more - and the long-suffering "Paks" will receive two new Russian reactors. But here in UkraineMaidan happened, Crimea became part of Russia as a result of the referendum, and Europe fell on us with a united sanctions front. Budapest had no choice but to adopt a collective policy and again postpone dreams of new power units. But the Hungarians, true to themselves and to their own pragmatic course, showed a certain stubbornness and perseverance here.

    In 2016, at a meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban , an interstate agreement was signed, within the framework of which Russia confirmed its readiness to complete the construction of Paks. The total cost of the project was estimated at 12 billion euros, ten of which Moscow was ready to provide in the form of a special loan. It should be noted that the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets was later built exactly according to the same scheme. The signing of this agreement again caused a storm of indignation in Brussels and other Western capitals, and tons of criticism fell on Viktor Orban and Petr Siyarto because of their unwillingness to spoil relations with Russia to the detriment of their own national interests.

    And now, on the calendar, mid-2021, and Hungary, in the voice of its prime minister, says that Rosatom will complete the construction of Paks no later than 2029.

    The news, whatever one may say, is good from all sides. Russia is adding to its package of nuclear orders a facility in the very center of Europe, which needs not only to be built and commissioned, but also to be supplied with fuel for decades, and later disposed of. The money allocated by the government, with added Hungarian interest, goes straight to our nuclear industry, providing jobs and budgetary contributions. And the Magyars receive more than two gigawatts of generating capacity, completely cover their own needs and will be able to sell electricity outside, replenishing their own budget.

    Everyone is happy, except for the European Union and Ukraine. Let us dwell on the latter separately in connection with today's topic.

    The fact is that last month Hungary completed its part of the gas pipeline from the border with Serbia , thereby further lengthening the transport arm of the Turkish Stream . Now Russian gas will enter the Balkans and further into Europe from the south, although earlier, as we remember, gas supplies to Hungary went through the GTS of Ukraine. This was done for the reason that the Hungarians have no problems with the Serbs and Turks, but they have long-standing problems with Ukraine.

    Budapest is pursuing a consistent policy, torpedoing any attempts by Kiev to integrate into the EU and NATO structures . This is due to the fact that Ukraine, according to Budapest, infringes upon the rights of national minorities, in particular the Magyars of Transcarpathia, by prohibiting them from teaching in their native language. In addition, Hungary has repeatedly found itself in the role of a victim, as happened, for example, during the last Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict in 2019. The gas gambit with the Turkish Stream ensures uninterrupted supplies of the much-needed energy resource and puts Kiev in a very vulnerable position and dependent on Hungary. Big politics is always a game on several levels at once.

    However, a conversation on Russian-Hungarian relations and the practicality of Hungarian foreign policy would be incomplete without mentioning other projects.

    Also last week it became known that the largest Hungarian oil company MOL Group, together with Tatneft , began construction of an industrial installation for the production of bitumen in Tatarstan . The project is being implemented on the basis of the Taneco oil complex and will allow not only producing bitumen, which is in demand in road construction, but also utilizing up to half a million car tires a year. Construction is estimated at 1.2 billion rubles, half of which was allocated by the Hungarian Export Support Agency (HEPA).

    In general, while some are calling for isolation and pressure on Russia, others, much more pragmatic, are building bridges of cooperation to their own benefit.

    https://ria.ru/20210712/vengriya-1740820536.html

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    Post  PapaDragon Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:55 am


    Floating nuclear power plant for Baim mining zone in Chukotka could be built

    https://rueconomics.ru/region/spb/533284-plavuchie-aes-dlya-energosnabzheniya-baimskoi-rudnoi-zony-postroyat-v-peterburge

    Rosatom seems to have plans to build 4 of these power plants (article is very light on details)

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    Post  tomazy Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:44 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Floating nuclear power plant for Baim mining zone in Chukotka could be built

    https://rueconomics.ru/region/spb/533284-plavuchie-aes-dlya-energosnabzheniya-baimskoi-rudnoi-zony-postroyat-v-peterburge

    Rosatom seems to have plans to build 4 of these power plants (article is very light on details)


    More info here:

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    Post  PapaDragon Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:13 pm


    So a new design with 4 RITM-200 reactors (brand spanking new) for 100MW

    Lomonosov has 2 KLT-40 naval reactors for 70MW

    Absolutely awesome, looks like Lomonosov was just a test bed for the real thing thumbsup




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    Post  Kiko Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:35 am

    Construction of a reactor complex of the Center for Nuclear Research and Technology starts in Bolivia in cooperation with Russia, 26.07.2021.

    Among the applications of the project, which "has no analogues in the world", it is planned to produce drugs for cancer treatment and cardiovascular diseases, and improve the quality of food products, among others.

    Russian state corporation Rosatom began on Monday the construction of a reactor complex of the Center for Nuclear Research and Technology in El Alto, Bolivia.

    It is a unique project for the nuclear industry that "has no analogues in the world," according to Rosatom. The centre will be located at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres above sea level, the highest of all nuclear facilities built previously.

    In addition, it is one of Russia's largest projects in Latin America and opens up new opportunities for the export of innovations of the Russian nuclear industry to the countries of this region.

    The center will have advanced technologies that can significantly improve the standard of living of the population and will serve as an engine for the development of science and high technologies in the Latin American region.

    The project aims to benefit the health, industry, science and technology sectors and its applications include:

    - the production of radiopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases,

    - processing agricultural products to ensure their food safety,

    - sterilization of various medical products, including personal protective equipment,

    - increasing the shelf life of food products and increasing the volume of production of agricultural products,

    - growing high-yield cereals,

    - research in the field of ecology and rational use of natural resources,

    - the study of the properties of various materials,

    - training of specialists in the nuclear industry.

    It is planned that the construction will be carried out in four phases and that the first facilities will be able to operate this year. The construction of three complexes and an irradiation centre and its laboratories is planned.
    Russia and Bolivia signed an agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy and the construction of a Nuclear Research and Technology Center in El Alto on March 6, 2016. The construction of this centre has been made possible in part thanks to the results of the last presidential elections in the country. President Luis Arce blamed the Government of Jeanine Añez for the setback in the development of several works.

    In this regard, the legal representative of the Rosatom branch in Bolivia, Juan Vicente Bedolla, said that the project "represents and symbolizes friendship" between Russia and Bolivia and opens new possibilities for cooperation. According to Bedolla, this center " is unprecedented "and is"of vital importance for both Bolivia and Latin America."

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    https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/398911-arranca-bolivia-construccion-complejo-reactores-rosatom

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    Post  JohninMK Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:14 am

    Wow, 5/6 years from start to end. With China buying this package it must be acknowledged that Russia has the best technology out there. I just wish the UK would acknowledge that and stop buying the also rans.


    China started this week construction work on a new US$17-billion nuclear power plant project, for which it will install Russian nuclear reactors at the Xudabao project in northeastern China, World Nuclear News reports.

    The Xudabao 3 unit is the first of four units at the plant to see the beginning of construction. Russia’s Rosatom will design the nuclear island and will provide equipment. The Russian firm will also provide commissioning services for the equipment it will have supplied. The Russians will also provide the construction and equipment for the Xudabao 4 unit, whose construction is expected to begin in 2022.

    The two units are currently expected to be commissioned in 2027 or 2028.

    Construction for the Xudabao units 1 and 2 has yet to begin, according to World Nuclear News.

    Last month, China had to close down a nuclear power plant in the province of Guangdong in the south because it was damaged. The operator, however, insisted that the Taishan nuclear plant does not have any major safety issue.

    A month before that, French company Framatome, a subsidiary of French energy giant EDF, issued a statement related to Taishan’s reactor number 1, saying that it “is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant.”

    The Taishan nuclear plant could turn into an “imminent radiological threat,” the part owner of the facility, the French company has told the United States, CNN reported in the middle of June, citing U.S. officials and a letter of the French firm it had obtained.

    A week before the Chinese operator of the plant announced it would shut down for maintenance, France’s EDF, which holds 30 percent in the TNPJVC joint venture operating Taishan, had said in a statement that it would have shut the plant if it were in France.

    “EDF's operating procedures for the French nuclear fleet would lead EDF, in France, to shut down the reactor in order to accurately assess the situation in progress and stop its development. In Taishan, the corresponding decisions belong to TNPJVC,” the French company said.

    By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com
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    Post  ALAMO Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:21 am

    To be honest, a Chinese history of nuclear power plants are close to the description of "a nuclear zoo" Laughing - I liked that name from the beginning Very Happy
    They obviously were targeting to get their hands on as many technical solutions as possible, for obvious reasons.
    Plus, there are not many options left, with both AREVA and Westinghouse dead or dying.
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    Post  GarryB Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:25 am

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    Post  Kiko Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:47 pm

    Russian, Turkish leaders consider creation of two nuclear power plants in Turkey — Kremlin

    Dmitry Peskov stated that during their meeting in Sochi, the presidents touched upon "the development of a virtually new branch of the economy" in Turkey.

    MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. The Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a meeting in Sochi, addressed the possible construction of two more nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the republic with Russia’s assistance, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

    "Indeed, [this topic] has been discussed," the Kremlin spokesman noted.

    Peskov stated that the leaders touched upon "the development of a virtually new branch of the economy" in Turkey. "The construction of new power units has been discussed [at the meeting]. [The leaders] mentioned some specific locations where Turkey would plan to build them," the spokesman went on to say.

    Furthermore, Peskov said that the presidents addressed the possibility of continuing such cooperation.

    The talks between Putin and Erdogan took place on Wednesday in Sochi, lasting about three hours. Among other things, the leaders discussed economics and international relations, while energy issues were also on the agenda.

    https://tass.com/economy/1344729

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sat Oct 02, 2021 12:30 am

    ALAMO wrote:
    Plus, there are not many options left, with both AREVA and Westinghouse dead or dying.

    AREVA is dead, Framatome is pretty much alive. Especially that Rostom has been buying their reactor protection system. The last contract won 2020.
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    Post  miketheterrible Sat Oct 02, 2021 3:01 am

    Kiko wrote:Russian, Turkish leaders consider creation of two nuclear power plants in Turkey — Kremlin

    Dmitry Peskov stated that during their meeting in Sochi, the presidents touched upon "the development of a virtually new branch of the economy" in Turkey.

    MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. The Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a meeting in Sochi, addressed the possible construction of two more nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the republic with Russia’s assistance, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

    "Indeed, [this topic] has been discussed," the Kremlin spokesman noted.

    Peskov stated that the leaders touched upon "the development of a virtually new branch of the economy" in Turkey. "The construction of new power units has been discussed [at the meeting]. [The leaders] mentioned some specific locations where Turkey would plan to build them," the spokesman went on to say.

    Furthermore, Peskov said that the presidents addressed the possibility of continuing such cooperation.

    The talks between Putin and Erdogan took place on Wednesday in Sochi, lasting about three hours. Among other things, the leaders discussed economics and international relations, while energy issues were also on the agenda.

    https://tass.com/economy/1344729

    Damn, that would be another $20B contract.

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