18 May 2006 – Two nuclear reactors will enter commercial operation in Russia each year from 2010 to 2030, according to the head of Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency.
The government plans to raise the country’s installed nuclear capacity so it accounts for 25 per cent of the electricity generation mix by 2030. It currently accounts for 16 per cent to 17 per cent and officials expect that 40 new reactors will have to be added if this aim is to be met in the 20 year timeframe outlined.
Construction of the first plant that will contribute to Russia’s nuclear goal will begin next year. The new $6bn facility near St. Petersburg will eventually feature four nuclear reactors.