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Rosatom will build new nuclear power plants in China

November 08, 2016, 9:12 UTC+3

Russia and China will also develop cooperation on the projects of floating nuclear power stations and fast-neutron reactors

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Moscow, November 8. /TASS/. Russia plans to build new nuclear power plants in China, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation said in a statement following a meeting by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.

"Several power units are planned to be built on new sites in China," the statement reads.

Russia and China have been actively cooperating in the nuclear sphere for many years. Russian specialists assisted in the construction of the first and second power units of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Station. The third and fourth power units that will house the VVER-1000 reactors, are now being built.

The construction is being carried out according to the contact signed between Russia’s Atomstroyexport and China’s Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) on November 23, 2010. Russia is responsible for designing and providing equipment for the ‘nuclear island’ as well as for the nuclear power plant project in general.

The power units are scheduled to be put into service in 2018. The first two reactors of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Station began operations in 2007.

As reported earlier, Rosatom and China National Nuclear Corporation signed a protocol on discussing cooperation options concerning the construction of nuclear power plants in other countries.

Russia and China will also develop cooperation on the projects of floating nuclear power stations and fast-neutron reactors, which are the fourth-generation technology:

"The two countries will develop cooperation on floating nuclear power stations and the promising area of fast-neutron reactors, which are the fourth-generation technology," Rosatom said.

In July 2014, Rusatom Overseas (part of Rosatom) and China’s CNNC New Energy signed a memorandum on the construction of flowing nuclear power plants. China is also interested in their possible use in its insular territories and hydrocarbon extraction sites.

According to TASS sources, Chinese oil companies are the main customers of floating power plants. Negotiations with them are underway.

Earlier reports said that Rosatom was in talks with its Chinese partners on a possible joint venture to build and operate low-capacity floating heat and power plants.

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