The 40-year old reactor No. 1 at Kola nuclear power plant (Kola NPP) was automatically shut down at 03:43 on January 12 by the protection switching power transformer. No violations of the safety systems took place, reads a short note posted by the nuclear power plant. Background radiation is said to be normal.
Commissioned in 1973, the unit is the oldest pressure water reactor of the VVER-440/230 design still in operation in Europe. The reactor was included to the network again late Saturday evening, the press-centre of the power plant reports.
This is the second time in three months that this oldest of Kola NPP’s four reactors has been switched off. Last automatic shutdown took place on November 1, only 23 hours after the reactor was restarted again after a period of being out of operation. The two oldest reactors are Kola NPP have been criticized for lack of safety by both Nordic authorities and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On Monday, the news portal B-port in Murmansk reported that Kola NPP has been awarded the prize for having the best safety culture among all Russia’s nuclear power plants in 2012. A special created commission of experts decided that the most significant results in the sphere of safety culture in the period from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 were made by Kola NPP. The two automatic shutdowns of reactor No. 1 took place after that period.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.