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The stoic victims of the nuclear age

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

RUSSIANS say nuclear power is a smart hat for stupid people, says the Dutch photographer Robert Knoth. His exhibition Certificate No. 000358/ at the Australian Centre for Photography documents the effects of nuclear pollution - from weapons testing, fuel production to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster - on the stoic citizens of the former Soviet Union.

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Kazakhstan in nuclear deal with Beijing

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

By Isabel Gorst in Almaty

Kazakhstan has agreed to share its uranium resources with China in exchange for equity in Chinese nuclear power facilities in a strategic deal that brings together the world's fastest growing uranium and nuclear electricity producers.

Moukhtar Dzhakishev, the president of Kazatomprom, Kazakhstan's state-owned nuclear power company, said: "We will swap shares in uranium production for shares in Chinese atomic facilities... This is the first time China has allowed any foreign company to become a shareholder in its atomic power industry enterprises."

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Leakage on thge feedwater recirculation pipeline of the steam-generator no. 1

The reactor was operated at 420 MW and 4 loops. At 17:11 p.m. on 23.03.97 during routine surveillance the operator discovered steam in the steam generator box no. 513/1. The primary circulation pump has been switched off by hand, automatically the reactor power has been decreased to 310 MW and steam generator no. 1 has been drainaged.
At 18:20 p.m. on 23.0397 reactor power had been recovered to 400 MW with 3 loops.
At 10:25 a.m. 24.03.97 reactor power had been recovered to 420 MW with 3 loops.

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LEAKAGE OF THE FEEDWATER OF RECIRCULATION PIPELINE

At 05.50 a.m., on 22/01/96 during routine surveillance the operator discovered steam in the steam-generator box no. 513/5. The primary main coolant pump has been switched off by hand, automatically reactor power has been decreased to 300 MW and steam generator has been drained.
After 45 minutes reactor power had been recovered to 420 MW with 3 loop.
As inspection showed the steam generator recirculaion feed water pipeline was damaged.
There was no radiation leakage in the plant or exposure of plant employees.

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WRONG SWITCH-OFF OF THE OIL-SYSTEM OPERATING SECONDARY COOLANT PUMP

After long time period of outage (since April 1995) for realisation of the life time prolongation program the reactor BN-350 was switched on and operated with power 420 MW since 05/01/96.
At 17/01/96, during routine switching, oil-system operating secondary coolant pump has been wrongly switched off by operator.
Automatically reactor power has been decreased to 300 MW. After 14 hours according to a routine procedure reactor power had been recovered to 420 MW.
There was no damage of equipment or radiation leakage in the plant or exposure to the plant employees.

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