This opinion has been recently expressed by Karel Kotovsky, Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology.
In his interview to Finport.Am, he said that VVER reactors were the most reliable in the world and had a long track record of flawless operation.
“Safety requirements have somewhat changed since Fukushima. It does not mean that the existing reactors no longer comply with safety standards. If they are modernized with the latest technologies, their service life can be 20 or more years longer. As for new solutions, the most advanced reactor to date is VVER-1200 by Rosatom,” he said.
“This is the most reliable reactor in the world. The Czech Republic is now considering a new reactor construction project. Among the bidders are six companies with many years of experience in this field. Each of them has its specifics, but I think that Rosatom reactors are now the closest to the present-day requirements. We call these reactors `inherently safe` as they are literally safe by nature. It means that they shut down automatically in the event of emergency. These reactors are unparalleled for not being prone to human failure,” he stressed.
Karel Kotovsky also noted that Rusatom Service had the highest level of expertise in operating VVER-based nuclear stations. “It has a track record of success in delivering such projects, and I am absolutely sure that this company uses the most advanced technologies.”
According to Kotovsky, nuclear has no alternatives today as it is one of the cheapest, eco friendliest and safest energy sources. “At the recent referendum in Switzerland, over 70% per cent of people residing near nuclear power plants voted against the Green Party`s initiative to close all of the country`s nuclear stations by 2029. This shows yet again that people living near nuclear stations consider their operation as safe.”
Bangladesh will have two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MWe for its first ever nuclear power plant, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.