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Kola nuclear power plant’s oldest reactors receive life extensions

The two oldest nuclear reactors at the Kola Nuclear Power Plant in Russia are now up to contemporary safety standards and the lifespans have been extended 15 years.

The two reactors went into service in 1973 and 1974, and they were designed for 30 years of operation, according to Bellona. The first reactor’s lifecycle is set to expire in 2018, but the extension will allow it to operate until 2033.

A plant official said in the article that a massive reconstruction and retrofitting of the reactors occurred between 1991 and 2005, which brought them into compliance with new nuclear safety requirements.

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