The first steam generator has been delivered to a new nuclear reactor at Novovoronezh.
A special articulated train carriage with its own lifting gear was used for the journey from the factory of manufacturer ZIO-Podolsk near Moscow to the power plant site about 500-kilometres to the south. The steam generator weighs 430 tonnes and will soon be installed at unit 2 of the forthcoming Novovoronezh II nuclear power plant.
Construction of Novovoronezh II units 1 and 2 began in June 2008 and July 2009, respectively, with start-up expected in 2014 and 2015. The original Novovoronezh site nearby already hosts three operating reactors and two that are being decommissioned.
Steam generators are used in pressurized water reactors to transfer heat from the reactor's primary coolant circuit to a secondary circuit - turning water into steam that goes on to drive turbines and generate electricity. The AES-2006 units at Novovoronezh-II employ four steam generators each.