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Monday, October 20, 2008

Russia to build 26 nuclear power reactors

Russia intends to build 26 major nuclear power reactors over twelve years to come, chief of the state-run corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, said.

"The pace of commissioning new nuclear power reactors is pegged to our current plans, but it can be adjusted in terms of scale and deadlines," he said.

"Construction work is underway at five sites (Leningrad, Novovoronezh, Kalinin, Rostov and Beloyarsk NPPs)," he said, adding that design and exploration work was in progress on another 14 reactor projects.

Russia has been working on a number schemes, including the invitation of private investors, for instance the Baltic NPP project in the Kaliningrad Region.

"That one is regarded as an integration project," he said. "It is called to address not so much Russian as pan-European energy issues."

"Alongside this Russia-designed nuclear power plants continue to be built outside the country. The expansion of this activity of ours has been underway in full compliance with the safety and reliability requirements," Kiriyenko said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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