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Fast-breeder nuclear reactors set for Russian power plant by 2030

Russia’s Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant is set to be home to three fast-breeder nuclear reactors by 2030.

An official with Rosenergoatom, Russia’s nuclear plant operator, was quoted as saying that the fifth unit at the plant will be one of the first to use a 1,200-MW BN-1200 reactor, according to RIA Novosti. The BN-1200 uses a liquid metal heat-transfer agent as a coolant. The plant already houses a 600-MW BN-600 reactor that has been in operations since 1980, and an 880-MW BN-800, which is considered a prototype of the BN-1200. That unit is expected to reach full capacity by October, the article said.

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