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Beginning of construction — 1973
Start up of Unit 1 — 1980
Number of power units — 4
Type of reactor — VVER-440 (units 1 and 2), VVER-1000 (units 3 and 4)
Total capacity — 2835 MW
NPP satellite town — Varash, Rivne region
Designing of West-Ukraine NPP started in 1971. Later, the plant was given a new name — Rivne NPP.
Rivne NPP is the first nuclear power plant with the VVER-440-type reactors (pressurized water reactor type) in Ukraine. First two VVER-440 power units were put into operation in 1980 and 1981, and Unit 3 with VVER-1000 reactor was put into operation in 1986.
In 1990 construction of power units on the site was stopped according to resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine «On Moratorium for Construction of New NPPs». The construction was resumed in 1993, and Unit 4 was put into operation in October, 2004. In April, 2006 the state acceptance commission admitted Unit 4 of RNPP to commercial operation.
When unit 4 of RNPP was started up, annual electricity production exceeded 17 billion kWh.
IAEA OSART missions have reviewed the level of RNPP operation safety in 1988, 1996, 2003 and 2008. The IAEA experts highly assessed the safety level of Rivne NPP and qualification of its personnel. The European Union has selected this nuclear power plant as a lead site for implementing several international projects.
In 2009 Rivne NPP successfully passed through the re-certification audit conducted by the international company TUV NORD to check RNPP compliance with international standards of ISO 9001:2008 “Quality Management Systems” and ISO 14001:2004 “Environmental Management Systems”
Rivne NPP employs automated radiation monitoring system ASKRO. Supervision is carried out automatically on a continuous basis that allows obtaining on-line information for systematic analysis and forecasting. ASKRO complex, in terms of quantities, frequency and accuracy of collected parameters and characteristics is unique not only for Ukraine — it is one of the best complexes of this kind in the world.
On 10 December 2010 the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine approved the decision on lifetime extension of Rivne-1,2 for 20 years provided that safety of these power units would be reassessed every 10 years.