Russia awards contract to build BREST reactor

05 December 2019

Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) has awarded a RUB26.3 billion (USD412 million) contract to Titan-2 for the construction and installation works for the BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast neutron reactor facility at its site in Seversk, Russia. Siberian Chemical Plant is a subsidiary of TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturing subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

How the PDEC complex will look (Image: TVEL)

BREST-OD-300  is part of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom's Proryv, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The 300 MWe unit will be the main facility of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (PDEC), which is in the process of construction at the Siberian Chemical Plant site. In addition, the PDEC demonstrate an on-site closed nuclear fuel cycle with a facility for the fabrication/re-fabrication of mixed uranium-plutonium nitride nuclear fuel, as well as a used fuel reprocessing facility.

According to the newly announced contract, Titan-2 will build the reactor building, turbine hall and related infrastructure facilities for the power unit, with completion scheduled before the end of 2026.

Vitaly Khadeev, vice president for the development of closed nuclear fuel cycle technologies and industrial facilities at TVEL, said the project will create more than 800 new jobs in Seversk.

Titan-2 Holding, a Russian group of engineering companies, is the general contractor for construction of new nuclear power units at the Leningrad nuclear power plant in Russia, and its subsidiaries are also engaged in the Hanhikivi and Akkuyu nuclear power plant construction projects in Finland and Turkey, respectively.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News