Beloyarsk (Russia)

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2 LWGR units 100 MW and 150 MW are shutdown since 1983 and 1990.

BN 600: Fast neutron reactor constructed by Sovjet company (MTM).

In June 2014, Beloyarsk 4 was brought to criticality.
The 789 MWe fast-neutron reactor of the BN-800 design is fuelled by a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides arranged to produce new fuel material as it burns. Its capacity exceeds that of the world's second most powerful fast reactor - 560 Mwe Beloyarsk 3. Russia plans to build a BN-1200 fast reactor power unit at Beloyarsk to start up by 2020.
(source:http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Russia-celebrate-two-industry-firsts-at-Beloyarsk-and-Obninsk-2706141.html)

Facilities in Beloyarsk

plantreactor typconstruction startoperation startshut down
Beloyarsk-1LWGR195819641983
Beloyarsk-2LWGR196219671990
Beloyarsk-3 BN-600FBR19691980
Beloyarsk-4FBR2014
2003-08-18

A fast breeder reactor BN-800 is planned to be built at Beloyarsk. Planned operation date ist 2010.

1994-05-06

Leaking sodium from the secondary circuit catches fire. The plant was shut down for repairs at the time.
(source: greenpeace nuclear accident calendar)

1993-10-06

Leak in primary sodium circuit purification : 40 kg sodium burned over the day it took to discover the leak and stop it. Leak was caused by a crack about 70 mm long but very narrow. Release: 370 GBq (annual limit 55 000 GBq). The leak was situated in a hermetically sealed box.