Nuclear

Russia plans six nuclear units by 2010

9 December 2004 – Russia is planning to launch six atomic power generation units with a total capacity of 5800 MW by 2010, according to a report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.

The proposals were announced Wednesday at a round-table session in the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences by the chairman of the State Duma energy, transport and communications committee, Valeriy Yazev.

Speaking to ITAR-TASS Yasev said, “The current situation in the atomic energy sector is clearly lagging behind the strategic development plans.” Direct consequences of this, Yazev thinks, include a slowdown of Russia’s economic development, which will foil the plans to double GDP, the shutdown of social development programmes in the regions where the construction of new atomic power plants was envisaged (Kursk, Rostov, Saratov, Yekaterinburg) and the closure of atomic machine- building enterprises with respective social consequences (St Petersburg, Moscow Region).

“From the point of view of prospects for social and economic development of the country, this will mean reduction of scientific and technological potential and opportunities for innovation breakthroughs,” Yazev said.