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Russian Federation : The nuclear fuel loading into the reactor core of the unit No 1 has been finished at Leningrad NPP-2.

The reactor of the innovative unit No 1 of Leningrad NPP-2 (Sosnovy Bor, a branch of Rosenergoatom Concern, a part of the largest Rosatom's division Electric Energy) of the newest 3+ generation has been fully loaded with fresh nuclear fuel under the physical start-up program. In the evening of 17 December, 2017, the last of the 163 fuel assemblies (FAs) was loaded into the reactor core. In the nearest future specialists will start assembling and compacting the reactor.

It is to be recalled that the physical start-up stage of Leningrad NPP-2 power unit No 1 (No 5 of LNPP) has begun on 8 December with the loading of the first fuel assemblies. During this stage the neutron-physical characteristics of the core necessary for operating the reactor are estimated. It marked the beginning of a larger stage of works on the preparation of the power unit No 1 for the power start-up and the start of energy generation.

The FAs were downloaded sequentially in accordance with the schedule and the developed cartogram, Vladimir Shtatskiy, the Head of the Centralized Repair Shop of Leningrad NPP under construction, described the details of the most important operation. At the same time, the fuel was gradually delivered to the construction site of the operating LNPP where it was temporarily stored. From the fresh fuel storage, where the incoming fuel control was conducted, the fuel assemblies were reloaded into special transport covers and then moved to the central hall of the reactor building. The loading process itself was carried out by a reloading machine, which moved the FAs from the multi-purpose seat to the reactor core. To date, all 163 assemblies with nuclear fuel have been loaded into the reactor. All transport and technological operations have passed in the normal mode; mechanisms and systems work without remarks and in accordance with the project.

All works on the fuel assemblies in the fresh fuel storage facility and the reloading machine in the reactor building central hall were carried out in accordance with the schedule and cartograms developed in the YASTREB software tool, which made it possible to increase the automation level of the FA handling processes and shorten the preparation time. This software was developed at LNPP-2 under construction and tested for the first time at the stage of assembly imitators loading.

The full loading of the FAs is a preparatory stage before the next physical start-up operation putting the reactor unit to the minimum controllable power (MCP). At the beginning of 2018, the decisive stage of start-up operations the power start-up and the delivering of electric energy to the consumers will begin. The commissioning of Leningrad NPP-2 unit No 1 is expected in 2018. It will mean that the Rosenergoatom Concern's fleet of units of the 3+ generation will expand to two (including the unit No 1 of NVNPP-2).

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