30 April 2012

Construction at Russian Kaliningrad Project?

On 29 April 2012, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) announced the start of the construction at the Baltiisk-1 reactor, also called the Baltic nuclear power plant. The announcement backdates the construction start as the 22 February 2012. However, nuclear builder/operator Rosatom published on 27 February 2012 a statement under the title “Baltic NPP: Construction of the nuclear island foundation has started”, saying that “construction has entered the active phase”, but without giving any detail on the date. While Rosatom subsidiary Rosenergoatom has stated first concrete was poured on 24 February 2012. The plant is supposed to deliver 1,082 MWe net with a grid connection on 1 January 2017. Rosenergoatom has opened 49% of the capital investment to foreign shareholders. However, at the moment when apparently construction has started, none of the potential candidates (CEZ, EDF, ENEL, IBERDROLA) have come forward with any concrete commitment.