Izhevsk electromechanical plant Kupol has shipped to its customer, Atomstroyexport company, three recirculation plants for Roopur NPP in People’s Republic of Bangladesh. This is the first part of a large order which is to be executed in the shortest time possible.

IEMP Kupol (the part of Almaz-Antey Air Defense Corporation) has produced equipment for NPPs more than five years. This is one of the main directions of diversification. Recirculation plants (RP) are a new high-technology product which will let strengthen the plant’s positions in the market of power engineering industry.

The plants are designed to maintain specified air temperature at NPPs. They work in containment area, i.e. a special containment building, where a reactor is located, and provide air cooling which is supplied to the systems responsible for the reactor operation.

The plant comprises a fan, air cooler a connector, a confusor, between them.

The plants are shipped in a dissembled condition as a set of equipment; each detail is in an individual transporting package. The equipment documentation is provided in a separate box that weighs 150 kg.

The recirculation plants were shipped from Izhevsk to the sea port in Saint-Petersburg last week. The Izhevsk equipment has a long way by sea to Chittagong port in Bangladesh. Considering shipment particulars, the recirculation plants are packed in hermetic waterproof boxes which the plant’s design service designed for that type of products specially.

Andrey Pestov, the manager of the project VentAES which is responsible for search and support of orders for the equipment for nuclear plants, says:

“We carry out manufacturing and shipment of the recirculation plants to the main order and in collaboration with Rosatom State Cooperation Engineering Division. The designer of the equipment documentation and the main counselor driving the level of technologies is Afrikantov OKB Mechanical Engineering (Afrikantov OKBM JSC).

Overall direction of the process by Afrikantov OKBM let create strong enterprises cooperation in manufacturing RPs in Udmurt Republic. The enterprises have experience in the field of power engineering industry. The principal manufacturer of the recirculation plants is IEMP Kupol and the co-executors became Glazov plant Metallist, which produces fans, and Izhevsk company GidroTechAtom, the manufacturer of separators. We achieved an impressive result. It was proved after the first shipment.”  

The work of acceptance committee had been done before the shipment. The representatives of the institute-developer and the organization took part in it. They are all authorized to perform quality control of products for nuclear power usage (VPO Zarubezhenrgostroy and VO Safety). The committee confirmed the high level of the performed works. The quality was provided by technological process: the enterprise Kupol had obtained new high-performance equipment, an orbital welding machine for manufacturing of RPs and other civilian products. Besides, high qualification of the personnel played the key role. The specialists and workers, who weld and assemble RPs, have a great experience in production of special equipment. They also had additional training, obligatory attestation in the authorized organizations and got the permission to operation of equipment for nuclear sector.

The personnel of Kupol are to manufacture and ship more seven RPs to the customer for the first stage of development of Roopur NPP by the end of the summer. And on the whole IEMP should ship 20 recirculation plants under the contract with Atomstroyexport JSC during 2021-2022.