Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Station: Difference between revisions

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[[Image:BN-800 construction.jpg|thumb|Construction of the BN-800 reactor]]
Construction started on the larger BN-800 fast breeder reactor in 1987. Protests halted progress in 1988, but work resumed in 1992 following an order by President [[Boris Yeltsin]]. Financial difficulties have resulted in slow progress. Construction costs have been estimated at 1 trillion [[Russian ruble|rubles]] and the new reactor canwas onlyexpected to be finished in 2012–2015 given current scarce financing. The BN-600 was originally planned to be decommissioned in 2010 but its lifetime iswas likelyexpected to be extended to cover the gap; it has been operating since 1980.
 
On 27 June 2014, controlled nuclear fission has been started in the BN-800 fast breeder reactor. The newest reactor helps to close the nuclear fuel cycle and to achieve a fuel cycle without or with less nuclear waste. Russia is, at the date, the only country that operates fast neutron reactors for energy production. The BN-800 was put in the so-called critical state a week after all necessary nuclear fuel was loaded into the active zone. The reactor was gradually prepared to achieve the 864 megawatts output, a power level expected to be reached in October. In June 2014, the start of commercial operation of the new reactor was reportedly planned for early 2015,<ref>{{cite web
| title = Fast reactor starts clean nuclear energy era in Russia
| url = http://rt.com/news/168768-russian-fast-breeder-reactor/