Khmelnitsky NPP plans to complete repair of the first unit at the end of December 2019
Khmelnitsky NPP, which is a subdivision of the SE NNEGC Energoatom, plans to complete the repair of Unit 1, which as of September 16 2019 has been going on for 296 days, at the end of December this year instead of the previously announced deadline by the end of October 2019. The press service of the station informed about it, referring to the words of the head of the KHPP modernization and reconstruction department Alexander Kosik.
"We now have damage to the generator, which happened during the tests, the damage is serious. Its repair period is tentatively planned until the end of the year, until the end of December. The repair schedule is being agreed now”, - he said.
According to Kosik, due to the rather long repair campaign of the first power unit, the term of future repair of power unit №2 has been adjusted (reduced). «According to the schedule, it was planned to stop Unit 2 for repair on October 6 with a duration of 198 days. Why such a major overhaul? It was planned to implement the measures of the Integrated Security Improvement Program ... We are now going for a short repair only to perform all routine work, the duration of the repair will be only 52 days.
The block is planned to be stopped on September 26-27”, Kosik said, adding that the reason for the shortening of the repair period is the need to provide heating for the satellite town of Netishin during the autumn-winter season of 2019-2020.
"We cannot enter the winter without a block," Kosik said.
As ExPro reported, on August 14, 2019, Khmelnitsky NPP conducted start-up operations at Unit №1 after repair, which lasted for 264 days. In performing these operations, the malfunction of the auxiliary generator systems, hydrogen and water cooling systems was detected, the vibration speed was increased at the turbine generator bearings, and the test was stopped and the repair continued.
Against the background of the long-term repair of the first KNPP unit, in the beginning of September the Ministry of Energy revised the Budgeted Balance Sheet of Electricity for 2019 reduced the planned amount of atomic generation by 1.2 to 82.153 billion kWh compared to the previous anticipation. As of September 16, only the first 977.2 MW unit is in operation at Khmelnitsky NPP.