MOSCOW, April 17 (Itar-Tass) – Petrozvodskmash has opened a new workshop for manufacturing frames of nuclear power plant steam generators. The annual output will stand at 1.5 sets, the Rosatom state atomic energy corporation told Itar-Tass.
This is the result of phase one of the plant’s investment program, which aims to enlarge the output and to make equipment for the Russian atomic energy industry, the corporation said. “The new products will drastically change the technological capacity of the plant, which will make high-quality frames for steam generators on schedule,” it said.
The investment program was endorsed in 2010. Its second phase will start up the production of reactor frames at the plant by 2014.
Petrozavodskmash is the largest machine building center in Russia and the CIS, which is affiliated to the Atomenergomash Group – the backbone of the machine building component of Rosatom.
Experts explain the beginning production of reactor parts at the new plant with the wish to de-monopolize the atomic energy industry. “It would be premature to declare a full victory over monopoly on the atomic energy machine building market,” EnergoCapital analyst Alexander Ignatyuk told Itar-Tass. “The end of the monopoly on the delivery of energy equipment – a goal set by Rosatom years ago – will come only with the production of the first reactor frame at a new site in 2014.”
Nevertheless, the expert said he was impressed with industrial modernization scales. “If the tempo is not lost, Russia will have a brand new machine building facility within a record period of time,” he said.
Hence Atomenergomash will form a network of its enterprises providing the full cycle of atomic energy machine building, he said.