Preparations for new Beloyarsk unit

30 November 2001

A body to co-ordinate the construction of a fourth unit at Russia's Beloyarsk plant was set up early in November. Sverdlovsk Region's governor Eduard Rossel said the organisations involved in the construction of the BN-800 fast reactor would be paid $40.67 million in 2002. The whole project is estimated to cost some $1.2 billion and will take eight years. Around $600-700 million in total is expected to be spent on construction and assembly works with the remainder being used to buy equipment. Following a commitment made earlier this year when plans to "actively restart" the project were agreed by Rossel and former atomic energy minister Yevgeni Adamov, some minor infrastructure work has restarted at the site. Industry sources say they are "hopeful" that work will start on the reactor building in the New Year.

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