Rosatom and Yakutia sign an agreement for nuclear projects


The Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom has signed an agreement with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia to promote nuclear energy projects.

The project will include a small nuclear power plant based on the SHELF-M reactor.

Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev and Yakutia chief Aysen Nicolayev signed the deal this week.

Under the agreement, the two parties will develop and approve a roadmap to implement the project this year.

With 10 MW of installed electrical capacity, the project will be based on the SHELF-M integral pressurized water reactor (PWR).

The pilot nuclear power plant is expected to be commissioned in 2030.

In a statement, Rosatom said: “The project is part of the federal program for the development of equipment, technologies and scientific research in the field of the use of nuclear energy in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024.

“The idea of ​​the micro nuclear power plant is to enable the provision of a reliable source of electricity to remote communities and industries where there is little energy or transportation infrastructure.”

Located in the Eastern region of Russia, Yakutia should receive a small nuclear power plant based on Rosatom’s RITM-200 reactor.

The small nuclear power plant was designed by Rosatom and will aim to ensure a reliable power supply for the development of the Kyuchus gold deposit.

Its commissioning is scheduled for 2028.

At the beginning of the year, the Finnish subsidiary of Rosatom decided to pursue its project to build the Hanhikivi I nuclear power plant in Finland.

The company will expand the plant following previous uncertainty over government permits following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Hanhikivi I nuclear power plant will be equipped with a 1.2 GW AES-2006 PWR, which will have a maximum thermal capacity of 3.2 GW.

It will be located in the coastal municipality of Pyhäjoki in Northern Ostrobothnia.

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