Construction starts on Baltic nuclear power plant

Construction has officially started on the Baltic nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad.

General contractor OJSC NIAEP and subcontractor Northern Construction Directorate poured 1800 cubic metres of concrete to form the foundations of the unit 1 nuclear island in late February.

The two units at Baltic NPP will be the VVER-1200 design and are due to be commissioned in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The plant 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.

Earlier this month (February 2012) Russian-French joint venture Alstom-Atomenergomash (AAEM) signed an agreement worth more than EUR 875 million to supply turbine island equipment for units 1&2 of Baltic NPP.

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