BN-800 expected to begin operations in 2014

According to Rosatom, the BN-800 fast reactor that is being built at the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant, will begin producing electricity in 2014. Rosatom claims that the reactor will be ready for operations as early as 2012, but it could not be connected to the grid before 2014.

The construction of the BN-800 has been experiencing delays for some time. Also, at this point Russia is still working on development of fuel fabrication technology that would produce plutonium-containing fuel for the reactor. The BN-800 reactor, when built, will be used to eliminate excess military plutonium.