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The core catcher has been installed at the Kursk 2-2 nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia, state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The core catcher is a device provided to catch the molten core material, or corium, of a nuclear reactor in the event of a nuclear meltdown and to prevent it from escaping the containment.

Rosatom said the core catcher has been adapted to site conditions and has increased seismic resistance, hydrodynamic and impact strength, and flood protection. The core catcher is one of the features which make the 1,115-MW VVER-TOI unit a Generation III+ plant.

Construction of Kursk 2-2 began in April 2019. Construction of the first unit, Kursk 2-1, began in April 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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The core catcher, or core melt trap, has been delivered for unit 2 of Russia’s Kursk II nuclear power plant, the plant announced on 24 October.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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