A commission of Rostechnadzor, Russia’s environmental, industrial and nuclear regulator, has completed a scheduled inspection of Unit 2 of Leningrad NPP’s second stage, currently under construction, and confirmed its high level of preparedness for reactor startup, which will see nuclear fuel loaded into the reactor core for the first time.
The inspection complied with the requirements of the Russian legislation and lasted for two weeks. Members of the commission performed a range of works. Apart from reviewing the documentation, they inspected the unit’s facilities and equipment, checked its process systems, visited its operators’ workplaces, and interviewed them to assess their professional training and qualification levels.
As a result of the inspection, a certificate and a punch list were drawn up, so that when all the issues are rectified, Rostechnadzor will grant an operating license for the nuclear reactor without power generation.
“VVER-1200 Unit 6 of Leningrad NPP is now seeing the final stage of activities before the physical reactor startup. We are now at the equipment inspection stage, which will make us prepared for the first fuel load. We expect the physical startup stage to begin in the height of the summer,” said Alexander Beliayev, Chief Engineer at the Leningrad NPP-2.