The full society collapse is starting, and a group of people know it. It may or may not lead to a total extinction event. They can't protect a whole city but a couple of hectares is doable. The group is less than a hundred people. There is no real intent to protect/restore humanity as a whole, at least not until the apocalypse will end. It's a very near future, where reasonable tech advances of today are not experiments anymore, but commercial solutions instead. Fusion is still 20 years in the future, though.
They capture a fast breeder nuclear power plant which is operating and already manned by the qualified personnel. This type of the power plant is a common one in their timeframe, and watercooled "traditional" ones are slowly being obsoleted. The nation power grid is still functional, refueling happened yesterday and the nearby city is not razed to the ground yet. The nation is a powerful nuclear one, there's plenty of resources to plunder in future.
- What would be the immediate problems to solve?
- What would be the short-term problems to solve?
- What would be the long-term problems to solve?
- What minimal set of issues should I handwave?
Handwave food, aging and dangers to the power plant itself. Assume absolute protection of the facilities. Don't handwave water. Clean drinking water is still important.
- This is different from the Can Average Joe reboot the nuclear power plant and Running a nuclear power plant in the post-apocalypse: is it possible? because the power plant is already fully functional and manned by the qualified personnel.
- Judging from the How useful would a hydroelectric plant be in a post-apocalypse-world it's doable with the dams. But for several reasons it is not desirable to replace a nuclear plant with a hydro one in the story.
- Fast breeder reactor in general was chosen to reduce the need in the fuel. I understand that there's a lot of other problems aside from the fuel to think about. :D
- Thank you.