Date
20 August 2017
As China seeks to boost its power generation, Russia is keen to lend its expertise in the nuclear sector. Photo: Bloomberg
As China seeks to boost its power generation, Russia is keen to lend its expertise in the nuclear sector. Photo: Bloomberg

Russia said to be studying Harbin nuclear plant proposal

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is said to be studying a proposal from Beijing for construction of two nuclear power facilities in Harbin in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.

The Russian firm plans to send a delegation to the proposed sites to hold talks with Chinese officials and assess the location, according to information posted on the website of China’s Ministry of Commerce on Monday.

China and Russia announced in May that they have entered a new stage of comprehensive strategic partnership and that they will strengthen cooperation in the nuclear sector.

“We know that the government of China has plans to build nuclear power plants in inner regions that are badly in need of electricity. Russia has unique experience and is one of the few countries that has the extensive experience of building and operating nuclear power plants… We are ready to share our experience with our Chinese partners,” Rosatom Head Sergei Kiriyenko was quoted as saying in early June by Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency.

In late June, a Rosatom unit inked a memorandum of understanding with a China National Nuclear Corp. subsidiary for building a floating nuclear power plant.

The next step in the implementation of the project will be the establishment of a joint Chinese-Russian working group, ITAR-TASS reported last Thursday.

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