RITM-200 Reactor Sets Off to Meet the Yakutia Icebreaker
RITM-200 is the seventh reactor of the 22220 series produced at the Machine-Building Factory of Podolsk.20 May 2022
The RITM-200 reactor, a true engineering marvel, is leaving Rosatom's Podolsk plant. The 147.5-tonne reactor will be shipped by rail and then transported by sea to the Baltic Shipyard, where it will be installed on a project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Yakutia.
RITM-200 is the seventh reactor of the 22220 series produced at the Machine-Building Factory of Podolsk. The manufacturing cycle lasted 27 months. The reactor was designed by OKBM Afrikantov.
It has an energy-efficient integral structure and weights two times less than the previous KLT-type reactors installed on ice-class ships. RITM-200 provides icebreakers with better speed and icebreaking capability in the Arctic. It also allows them to stay on course in ± 45 degree rolls. The reactor has a service life of 40 years.
This is the first time in Russia that a super-precision deephole machining technology and unique cutting tools were used to make a reactor unit. According to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, this required the maximum effort form specialists.
The Machine-Building Factory of Podolsk specialises in the manufacture of steam-generating and heat exchange equipment for nuclear power plants and Russian's icebreaker fleet. The company has more than 200 steam generators under its belt. The Machine-Building Factory of Podolsk is currently working on the RITM-400 super reactor for a powerful project 10510 icebreaker Leader.Фото: «Атомэнергомаш»<