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Armenia has asked Russia to extend a $270m loan agreement for the modernisation of the Armenian-2 VVER V-270 nuclear power plant near Metsamor in the west of the country.

Russia’s state-backed news agency Tass said Russia’s finance ministry has already approved an extension of the loan, originally taken out in 2016, and the question will now be discussed “at the next government meeting”.


Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019
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Unit 1 of the Kalinin nuclear power station about 200 km northwest of Moscow in Tver Oblast has been shut down for nine months for a large-scale modernisation of key systems.

Kalinin’s chief engineer, Alexander Dorofeev, said the work is directly related to improving the safety and stability of the 950-MW VVER unit, which began commercial operation in June 1985.

The plant has been cleared by nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor to operate until 2025, but the modernisation could see that being extended to 2044.

There are four 1,000-MW units of the VVER type in commercial operation at Kalinin. Kalinin-2 began commercial operation in 1987 and Kalinin-3 and -4 in 2005 and 2012.

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
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Unit 2 of Russia’s Kola NPP was shut down on 12 November to undergo the final phase of a large-scale modernisation programme to extend its life to 2034. Kola NPP is a branch of nuclear utility Rosenergoatom   (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom). The station is located 200 km south of Murmansk on the shores of Lake Imandra in the Arctic circle and comprises four VVER-440 units which began operation in 1973, 1974, 1981 and 1984. Their 30-year design life has already been extended by 15 years, with additional 15 year extensions for units 1 and 2.

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
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