Alexander Nikitin

Articles by Alexander Nikitin

13 December 2011

Second life: The questionable safety of life extensions for Russian nuclear power plants

Igor KoudrikAlexander Nikitin

In response to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, countries such as Germany and Switzerland are preparing to phase out aging nuclear power plants. The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), however, is taking a very different approach. In 2001, Rosatom began extending the operation of nuclear power plants that had surpassed their projected life spans.