Russia to reduce the pace of new build, says Kiriyenko

27 July 2009

In the coming years the rate of nuclear power plant construction in Russia will be reduced from two to one reactor a year, Director General of Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation Sergey Kiriyenko said on July 22 2009.

“We are implementing this programme in compliance with our task. The task has not been changed and we will have to build all the 26 reactors stipulated by the programme. But, now, in the face of crisis and declining energy demand, we have decided to put off the peak of the programme for several years,” Kiriyenko said.

“We were planning to build two reactors a year but, now, we have revised the programme: in the coming years we will build one reactor a year,” Kiriyenko said.

“As soon as the economy revises, we will start building two reactors a year.”

Kiriyenko believes that we must compensate for the shortage of contracts in order to support the new technological solutions.

“We have capacities for this and one of them is export.”

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