Core catcher frame being installed at Rooppur NPP

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Core catcher frame being 
installed at Rooppur NPP

The construction work of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is progressing fast with installation of “core catcher”, one of the most important safety systems of the plant.

A reinforced frame weighing 58 tons and the embedded part of the core catcher (core meltdown retention device) weighing 7.5 tons have already been installed at Unit 2 of RNPP in Pabna.

“Our experts will soon proceed with installation of the core catcher - a unique device developed by Russian nuclear engineers and one of the main passive safety systems of Rooppur NPP” said Sergey Lastochkin, Vice President of Atomstroyexport (ASE) and Project Director, Rooppur NPP Construction.

Active construction phase of Unit 2 started on July 14, 2018 with pouring of the first concrete at the foundation base of reactor, while the First Concrete ceremony of Unit 1 was held on November 30, 2017.

Installation works for Core Catcher at the Unit1 started on August 18, 2018. Presently construction of main buildings and other structures of Units 1 and 2 are in progress. So far all works are running on schedule.

Under the General Contract signed on December 25, 2015 ASE (Atomstroyexport), Engineering Division of Rosatom State Corporation of Russia is implementing the project.

Rooppur NPP will have two VVER 1200 reactors, each with a capacity of 1,200 MW. The evolutionary Gen III+ VVER reactor fully complies with all international safety requirements.