France’s Areva NP has supplied the safety instrumentation and control system (I&C) for unit 1 of Russia’s  Novovoronezh  II NPP (also known as Novovoronezh unit 6), which is Russia’s first Generation-III+ nuclear unit, Areva said on 4 January.

Areva has manufactured and supplied I&C equipment for other Russian NPPs, including Leningrad, Novovoronezh and Kola, according to Kirill Komarov, first deputy chief executive of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. He said Rosatom has “positive experience” of cooperating with Areva in I&C development both for new build and existing plant modernisation.  

Areva NP has already supplied digital reactor protection system for new build projects in Russia, China and Slovakia and has completed a number of modernisation projects in Russia, Hungary, Slovakia and Finland, Areva said.

Novovoronezh II-1 is a Generation-III+ VVER 1200/392M pressurised water reactor unit with a design net capacity of 1114MWe. The unit began commercial operation on 31 December 2016. Areva NP supplied its digital reactor protection system based on the company’s proven I&C platform TELEPERM XS.