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The world's first nuclear power plant with a spectrally regulated reactor will be built in Russia’s Murmansk region and will begin operation in 2035. Kola-II will be constructed a few kilometres from the existing plant near the town of Polyarnye Zori, according to the information and public relations department of the Kola NPP. The new station will host two VVER-600 reactors with spectral regulation. “There are no such technologies anywhere in the world so far to provide the industry with practically inexhaustible energy," the statement says. The reactors will be able to reuse nuclear fuel and, working in conjunction with fast neutron reactors, will make it possible to close the nuclear fuel cycle.

Kola NPP, with four VVER-440 reactors, was the first nuclear power plant to be built in the harsh climatic conditions of the Arctic. Today it transmits electricity through five power transmission lines, providing reliable power supply to the northern part of the Republic of Karelia, where most of the region's large industrial enterprises are located, as well as more than 50% of consumers on the Kola Peninsula. Unit 1 began operation in 1973.

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Date: Saturday, 08 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-kola-ii-npp-to-start-operation-by-2035-10991769