Vladimir Putin, who visited Rostov-on-Don with a working visit, took part in a video conference on the start-up of the nuclear power unit, Rosatom reported on February 2, 2018.
Earlier on the same day the turbine generator of Unit 4 was synchronized with the grid. The generated electricity started flowing into the unified power grid of the country. Putin noted that in 2017 nuclear power reached a record of 200 billion kWh of electricity.
«Certainly, it is very important that our competence is recognized all over the world; we continue construction both in the country and abroad. We build corresponding nuclear facilities in 12 world countries and will continue this work further,» Vladimir Putin said.
Alexey Likhachev, CEO of Rosatom, said: «Volgodonsk is a unique university of contemporary builders. Here, the nuclear competences have been restored. We have shifted from the «heroic deed mode» of the beginning of the 2000s to the planned «conveyor built» of NPP. Here at Rostov land, a whole set of records have been set. The main circulation pipeline was welded in 96 days while the Soviet record was 150 days. The unit commissioning time from the 1st concrete to connection to the grid was reduced by 2-2,5 times. .. Over 10 years of Rosatom existence, we have learned to build right on time and price.”
Rostov NPP is the only nuclear power plant in contemporary Russia which started up 3 power units on 1 site over 7 years and the 1st plant in the modern Russian history which witnessed resurrection of the so-called straight-line construction that supports both maximum effective use of material and monetary resources and observance of the major construction term.
Operating Unit 4 can bring about RUB 1 billion a year to the budgets of all levels additionally and for the 1st year after commercial commissioning the additional payments will be RUB 1.7 billion only at the expense of the property tax.
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