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Tognum To Supply Emergency Gen-sets for New Russian Nuclear Plant

Posted on December 14, 2009

Tognum recently won an order for emergency gen-sets to be installed in a Russian nuclear power plant. In early 2012, the company will supply MTU Onsite Energy emergency gen-sets to Zvezda Energetika, a Russian specialist for energy solutions. The end user will be the state-owned power plant operator Energoatom Concern OJSC.

The gen-sets with MTU 20V 956 TB33 engines will be used for emergency power supply in a nuclear power plant near the city of Nowoworonesch in central Russia. The plant is currently under construction and is scheduled to connect with the grid in 2012. "This order represents a breakthrough on the Russian market for emergency power in nuclear power plants", said Christof von Branconi, member of the Tognum executive board and responsible for the business unit Onsite Energy & Components. Previously, only gen-sets from local manufacturers were used in Russian nuclear power plants.

The emergency gen-sets from MTU Onsite Energy generate a total of 36 MW – enough to power around 18 000 households. Within only 15 seconds, the gen-sets in the NPP run up to their nominal speed. Different safety-relevant consumers are then connected in succession. After not more than 50 seconds, the gen-sets have accepted full load.

Located near the city of Novovoronezh, the nuclear power plant Novovoronezh I has been in service since 1964, making it one of Russia’s oldest nuclear power plants. The new power plant, Novovoronezh II, is being built near the old facility. According to Energoatom, each reactor block will generate 1200 MW.

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