A commenter calls attention to the recent airplane disaster in Russia. Several leading nuclear-power experts lost their lives (they were on a delegation to inspect a prospective nuclear supplier).
Please pass the wordhttp://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/21/russia.plane.crash/index.html?hpt=hp_
Several prominent members of Russian nuclear community lost their lifes
- Sergey Ryzhov, Reactor Chief Designer, Gidropress
- Gennady Banyuk, his deputy, Gidropress
- Nikolay Trunov, Reactor Designer and Department Head, Gidropress
- Andrey Trofimov, Chief Technology Officer, Afrikantov Bureau
- Valery Lyalin, Department Head, Rosatom
Reporting from India newspapers:
The whole leadership of the designers units of Russia's state nuclear corporation was killed when a Tu-134 passenger plane crash landed in the northern republic of Karelia.
Three top officials of Russia’s main nuclear reactor design company, Gidropress, were killed in the aircrash along with two other senior nuclear engineers. Gidropress CEO and Designer General Sergei Ryzhov, Deputy CEO and Chief Designer Gennady Banyuk and Chief Designer Nikolai Trunov were all involved in designing two VVER-1000 (Version V-412) nuclear reactors for the the first stage of the Kudankulam power project in Tamilnadu. Another four reactors of this type are to be built at Kudankulam under second and third stages of the plant’s expansion.
VVER-1000/VVER-1200 is a PWR that is currently exported to several countries (with, I think, integrated fuel supply agreements). Notably including, China, India (which has neither the industry nor enrichment plants for domestic LWRs), and Iran (Bushehr NPP).