Russia has announced the closure of a unit at a nuclear power facility after turbine blades cracked. It is unclear what caused the blades to fail at the Leningrad nuclear power plant west of St. Petersburg on Sunday, according to Rosenergoatom, the company in charge of Russia’s nuclear power facilities. Finding out why the blades were destroyed is now the top priority. This is a brand-new occurrence, and the problem should be fixed by the 22nd of this month.
The unit where the problem happened was built in 2018 using a next-generation VVER 1200, a pressurized water reactor. Russia is constructing this type of unit at the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey, and it is also scheduled to be built at the Paks-2 facility in Hungary. Belarus has previously received similar equipment from Russia. Power Machines, owned by Russian billionaire Alexey Mordashov, sanctioned by the U.S. and the EU for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, manufactured the faulty blades for a 1,200-megawatt high-speed steam turbine.
The business is working with experts to determine what went wrong and is taking immediate action to restart the impacted unit. Conclusions and corrective actions will be formulated based on the findings. Kadri Simson, the European Union’s energy commissioner, has urged Hungary to wean itself from Russian energy because it makes the nation vulnerable to Moscow’s sway. A loan of 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) from a Russian state bank is said to be funding the project.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, despite widespread Western condemnation of Putin. Orbán has been skeptical of Western sanctions against Russia, and he has been eager to keep relations with Moscow because his country relies so heavily on it for natural gas, oil, and nuclear fuel.