Innovative and mundane

Generation III+ Leningrad 2-2 achieves first criticality

The Leningrad 2-2 nuclear power plant in Russia has been brought to its minimum controlled power level and achieved first criticality, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced.

First criticality means the plant achieved a controlled, self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction for the first time.

Rosatom said the plant, a 1,085-MW Generation III+ pressurised water reactor, or VVER, will now undergo a series of tests before nuclear regulator Rostechnadzor can approve a phased increase in power levels and commercial operation.

Related news

57% say Poland needs nuclear power
Bron: NucNet21 september 2020
(Shutterstock.com)
Mühleberg plant enters permanent decommissioning stage
Bron: World Nuclear News18 september 2020
(Fotocredit: BKW FMB Energie AG, CC BY-SA 3.0)