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Kolyma will supply electricity to Chukotka after the closure of the Bilibino NPP
Kolyma Governor Vladimir Pecheny said that the region is ready to supply electricity to the Chukotka Autonomous Region after the Bilibino NPP closes there, the press service of the Regional Government reports today.
Pecheni said this during a meeting with the chairman of the World Association of Organizations (HLW), operating nuclear power plants, Jacques Regaldo, the chairman of the WANO Paris Center, Fabien Lagrifful, and the director of the WANO Moscow Center, Mikhail Chudakov. The WANO delegation arrived in Russia to visit the Bilibino nuclear power plant in Chukotka.
"The Magadan Region is ready to supply electricity to Chukotka after the Bilibino NPP shutdown. Projects for laying power lines from the stations of the Kolyma cascade already exist and are being considered along with other options for supplying power to Chukotka," Pecheny said, adding that there is currently excess power capacity in the Magadan Region.
Regaldo noted that it is planned to visit the Bilibino NPP to check the safety of the plant. "Its term of operation is expiring, the station is preparing for a planned closure, so we intend to also monitor the safety of this process," said Regaldo.
Earlier, the head of the state corporation "Rosatom" Sergei Kiriyenko said that in 2019-2020 the work of the Bilibino nuclear power plant would need to be stopped. A new 80 MW floating nuclear power plant will replace it in 2016.