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VIENNA, September 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s state-run nuclear company Rosatom said on Tuesday it would contribute to developing nuclear power in Thailand and conducting fundamental research in this sector.
Russia and Thailand signed a memorandum to this effect within the 58th session of the IAEA General Conference currently underway in Vienna. A working group will be set up to determine concrete projects “for generating nuclear power in Thailand”.
Russia is ready to make “full contribution to peaceful uses of nuclear energy in Thailand”, Rosatom said.
Russia and Thailand are planning to develop cooperation in fundamental and applied research, radioactive nuclides, nuclear security, the treatment with radioactive waste and training of scientific and technical personnel.
Thailand started the research stage of its nuclear program more than 30 years ago. The existing capacities of hydro-electric power stations and thermal power plants are insufficient for meeting Thailand’s needs. Thailand is forced to buy nuclear power from Laos where the Nam Ngun hydroelectric power plant is located. This is the largest hydroelectric power station in Southeast Asia.
Initially a nuclear research center and the first nuclear power plant were planning to be built in the city of Sriracha, Chonburi Province, 100 kilometres southeast of Bangkok.