Rosatom has completed testing the polar crane needed for installation of the reactor pressure vessel at unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant in Russia later this month, the state nuclear corporation said on 30 October.

The 360-tonne crane is located under the containment dome on a trolley that moves 360° on a circular rail over the reactor shaft, enabling transport operations anywhere in the central hall of the reactor building. It can be used for installing large equipment, such as the reactor vessel and steam generators, as well as during maintenance work and the transportation of fuel. Rostov 4 is scheduled for start-up in 2017.

Source: World Nuclear News