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Rooppur NPP

Installation work of outer containment dome underway

Special Correspondent

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  • 17 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Installation work of pre-assembly outer containment dome of unit-1 started at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is expected to be completed in October this year.

Assembly and subsequent erection and concreting work are being performed by specialists of Trest RosSEM, a subsidiary of Rosatom Engineering Division of Russia, said a Rosatom press release. 

“Installation of the outer containment dome is the final stage of civil work in construction of the power unit. It opens up a possibility for construction of structures and equipment of the passive heat removal systems and marks an important step for the beginning of physical start-up”, said Alexey Deriy, Vice President of ASE and Project Director for Rooppur NPP Construction.

The outer containment dome consists of two parts: lower and upper one, which were dubbed as the Skirt and the Headpiece by construction workers. The lower part consists of 12 individual segments, the total weight of each being 18 tons including reinforcements, while the dome part consists of 17 of such segments.

The entire dome will be completely assembled on the ground, followed by installation of its lower part at an elevation of +48.880 m.

After its alignment and fixing, the upper part will be installed at an elevation of +57.140 m.

Upon completion of installation of both the parts, the outer containment dome will be concreted.

The stage of outer containment dome preparation, assembly, installation and concreting is one of the longest in the construction of a power unit and amounts to 1,151 days.

In order to reduce completion of this stage, RPS project (Optimisation of 10UJA outer containment dome structures erection from elevation +16.450 to elevation +64.500 at Rooppur NPP) has been undertaken.

The targeted duration of work under the project will be reduced to 584 days only.

Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project is being implemented with the technical and financial assistance from Russia.

Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division is the Designer and General Contractor of the project.