Future Nizhny Novgorod NPP to supply energy to neighbouring regions

Publish date: February 12, 2009

Supporters of the proposed Nizhny Novgorod NPP (about 300 km east from Moscow) believe the region could sell the energy to the neighbouring regions.

The chairman of Nizhny Novgorod department of Russian public organisation ”Civil League on Housing, Agrarian Legal Relationship and Territorial Public Self-Management”  Oleg Motorev stated this in the end of January.

At the December presentation of the nuclear plant’s project the designers said that the project would cost $7.6 billion. The plant will have four 1,150MW reactors. The 1st unit will be launched in 2016, the 2nd unit — in 2018, the 3rd unit — in 2019, the 4th unit — in 2020. There are two potential sites for the future nuclear power plants: Monakovo and Uren. Nizhniy Novgorod NPP is supposed to cover the shortage of energy in Nizhny Novgorod region. Experts say that by 2020 the region will consume 6.2–6.8GW with the shortage amounting to 4.2GW.

The project will be carried out with the maximum use of the industrial, construction and personnel capacities of the region. On February 14, 2008, Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation named Nizhniy Novgorod Atomenergoproekt as the general designer of the project. During the peak period the project will involve as many as 8,000 people with almost 2,200 people to be employed as operators – mostly graduates of higher professional schools of Russia and Nizhniy Novgorod region and professional development centers of Energoatom Concern.

The general contractor will be selected through an open tender. In 2009 Energoatom Concern will set up a directorate for the construction of Nizhniy Novgorod NPP, which will act on behalf of the owner of the project, reported.