Russian-French joint venture, Alstom to supply turbine island for Baltic nuclear power plant

Paris, February 3, 2012 — Russian-French joint venture Alstom-Atomenergomash has signed an agreement to supply turbine island equipment for units 1 and 2 of the Baltic nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad region, which are to be commissioned in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

The total value of the contract exceeds $1.15 billion. The scope of supply agreement signed by AAEM includes Alstom steam turbines Arabelle, generators, condensers, moisture separator reheaters and auxiliary equipment.

Despite the fact that this is the joint venture's first order, the share of equipment to be manufactured in Russia will exceed 50 percent. In future, this share is expected to reach 70 percent and more.

The equipment will be manufactured at production sites located in Russia in accordance with previous Russian-French agreements and in line with the Arabelle turbine production localization program in Russia for nuclear power plants with Russian reactor designs locally and abroad. Alstom's Belfort plant in France will support the production of certain types of equipment included in the contract signed by AAEM.

Baltic nuclear power plant is the first NPP project in Russia that involves the participation of foreign suppliers. It will not only cover the energy requirement of the Kaliningrad region, but will also secure energy exports to the Baltic states and north-west Europe.

The Baltic nuclear power plant will be based on the AES-2006 project with the use of the pressurized water reactor VVER-1200 (designed by OKB Hydropress) and will have capacity of 2 x 1200 MW. OJSC "NIAEP", engineering company of state corporation, Rosatom, is the general contractor for the construction of the Baltic nuclear power plant.

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