Moscow and Beijing agree to construct new reactors at Tianwan NPP

The heads of governments show support to the joint construction of two reactors at the Tianwan nuclear power plant
Moscow and Beijing agree to construct new reactors at Tianwan NPP
08 November 12:32 2016 Print This Article

Russia and China plan an operational preparation of documents on the construction of two new reactors in China’s largest nuclear power plant Tianwan NPP, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation said in a statement following the meeting of the Russian and Chinese heads of government Nov. 7.

“The heads of governments support the joint construction of two Russian-designed reactors at the Tianwan nuclear power plant site, and plan to charge an operational draft for the signing of an intergovernmental protocol for the project, and will promote the conclusion of the respective contracts,” reads the statement.

What’s more, “the two countries will [also] develop cooperation on floating nuclear power stations and the promising area of fast-neutron reactors, which comprise of fourth-generation technology,” said Rosatom.

The same day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang issued a joint statement announcing the development of strategic cooperation on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Russia and China have been developing cooperation in the nuclear sphere for many years. Two reactor units at the Tianwan NPP were constructed by Russia and launched in 2006 and 2007. The third and fourth units of the plant are currently under construction, while the prospects of Russian-Chinese joint construction of the two additional units are being discussed.

Back in April, Rosatom opened its regional center in China aiming to strengthen its positions at the Chinese nuclear market promoting new opportunities for business development in both energy and non-energy spheres.

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