Last weekend, Russian nuclear power plants (branches of Rosenergoatom JSC, part of the Electric Power Division of Rosatom) fulfilled ahead of schedule the annual state task of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) to generate electricity in the amount of 207.614 billion kWh. During the same period in 2019, 202.124 billion kWh were generated.
Despite a decrease in electricity demand due to a decline in industrial production caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (dispatch restrictions on the FAS balance in 2020 amounted to 2.42 billion kWh versus 0.33 billion kWh in 2019), Russian NPPs have generated 208.6 billion kWh of electricity by December 21.
In 2020, a number of measures were taken to increase power generation, including optimization of the repair duration by 130.5 days, the transition from a 12-month to an 18-month fuel (overhaul) cycle of power unit No. 6 of the Novovoronezh NPP, etc.
Prior to that, Rosenergoatom JSC successfully completed a number of government assignments.
In May 2020, a floating nuclear thermal power plant was put into commercial operation in Chukotka. It has generated about 122.75 million kWh since the beginning of the year.
Start-up operations are underway and are going according to the schedule at power unit No. 6 of the Leningrad NPP with an innovative 3+ generation VVER-1200 reactor. On October 22, the power unit was connected to the grid, and it has been gradually mastering its capacity in pilot operation mode. It’s planned to reach the level of 90% of capacity by the end of the year, and in March 2021, the unit will be put into operation. Since its connection to the grid, the new power unit has generated over 638 million kWh.
Let’s note that at the end of 2019, Russian NPPs set another record in terms of the amount of electricity generated, increasing the total output to 208.7 billion kWh (against 204.3 billion kWh a year earlier).
Today, every fifth light bulb in the Russian Federation burns from the energy generated by nuclear power plants.