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The physical launch of Russia’s multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor MBIR (Mnogotselevoi Bistrii Issledovatelskii Reaktor) under construction at the Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk region, is officially scheduled for launch in 2027. In 2028 it will begin supplying electricity to the site and a pilot programme is planned.

Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-multi-purpose-fast-research-reactor-to-launch-in-2027-11554106

Installation of the building dome has been completed for the multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor MBIR (Mnogotselevoi Bistrii Issledovatelskii Reaktor) under construction at the Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad (Ulyanovsk region).

Date: Friday, 20 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-completes-dome-for-mbir-reactor-building-11232826

Researchers at Russia’s AN Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry & Electrochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPCE-RAS) and the National Research Nuclear University (NRNU) MEPhI [Moscow Engineering & Physics Institute] have developed a technology to protect the walls of fusion reactors.

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-better-protection-for-fusion-reactor-walls-11150671

Russia has begun work on construction of an underground research laboratory (PIL - Podzemnaya Issledovatelskaya Laboratoriya) at the site of the Zheleznogorsk branch of radwaste national operator NO RAO in Krasnoyarsk. “Several countries are undertaking such developments, and we are not lagging behind ”, said Vasily Tinin, director of state policy in the field of radwaste, used fuel, decommissioning and renewable energy at Rosatom. The work is being done within the framework of the Federal Target Programme "Ensuring Nuclear and Radiation Safety for 2016-2020 and for the Period Until 2030" (FTP-YaRB).

Date: Thursday, 29 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-constructs-underground-research-laboratory-10970319

Russia’s Titan-2 is to build two new units with VVER-TOI reactors at the Smolensk-II NPP by 2032 and 2034. Smolensk-II will be built 6 km away from the Smolensk NPP which comprises three RBMK reactors, nearing the end of their design life. According to the roadmap, the preparatory phase of construction is a long, but extremely important, said Sergey Gromov, Deputy Director of the Smolensk NPP. “Only three years are allotted for the formation of project documentation. It will be a library of multi-volume publications, because a project is needed for each facility on the plant site. There will be almost 200, large and small.”

Date: Saturday, 11 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-units-planned-for-russias-smolensk-npp-10584756

Russia’s Experimental-Demonstration Centre for Decommissioning Uranium-Graphite Nuclear Reactors (UDC UGR, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) has completed the dismantling and fragmentation of technological equipment and pipelines at the industrial reactors ADE-4 and ADE-5 at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk. The AD series reactors, designed by OKBM, are water-cooled uranium-graphite thermal neutron reactors.

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-dismantles-two-uranium-graphite-reactors-10515622

Russia’s NA Dollezhal Scientific Research & Design Institute of Power Engineering (Nikiet - part of Rosatom) has completed the preliminary design of a research molten-salt reactor for the Mining & Chemical Combine (MCC) in Krasnoyarsk as part of a Russia-wide research effort. The draft design is for a reactor plant with an innovative research reactor which uses a circulating molten fuel salt (IZhSR). The work was carried out in cooperation with the National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute and a number of Rosatom enterprises. A detailed R&D programme was drawn up and approved by Rosatom, which will substantiate the design’s technical solutions, then build and put into operation the IZhSR reactor plant at MCC.

Date: Thursday, 05 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-completes-preliminary-design-for-molten-salt-reactor-10486601

Despite the difficult economic situation and sanctions, Rosatom's exports will grow by about 15% by the end of the year compared with 2021, Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev said in an extensive interview with Izvestia. Countries where new projects are already underway or are beginning include China, Turkey, Egypt, Hungary, India, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 

Date: Wednesday, 04 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatoms-likhachev-on-russias-nuclear-future-10486156

Russia’s Project Centre ITER has said that the first Russian gyrotron complexes are being sent to the construction site of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER under construction in France. Three trailers with the equipment left Nizhny Novgorod on 13th September and a fourth machine will leave on 16th September. 

Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-sends-gyrotrons-to-iter-10013133

After commissioning the MBIR multipurpose research reactor facility, Rosatom expects to provide the nuclear industry with a competitive research infrastructure for at least the next 50 years and attract research scientists from all over the world to work together in the interests of developing the nuclear energy of the future. 

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-prepares-advanced-international-research-programme-for-mbir-9261576

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