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‘Nuclear power is still cost effective’

One of the biggest challenges for nuclear power today is to maintain the highest standards of safety and at the same time keep the cost reasonable, said Andrey Rozhdestvin, Head of ROSATOM´s regional office for Western Europe (ROSATOM France) while speaking at the 12th European Nuclear Power Conference, held on March 23 in Brussels.

“The global nuclear industry is currently facing a number of challenges which we can overcome through cooperation. The challenges are achieving the highest standards of nuclear safety, keeping the costs reasonable, building nuclear power plants within stipulated time and budget, gaining public support, in particular in the area of the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and decommissioning,” Rozhdestvin added.

According to him, ROSATOM is trying to address these challenges by developing new nuclear technologies, not only light-water reactors, but also fast reactors, innovative fuel cycle technologies and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

“Last year, we commissioned the first Generation III+ reactor (Novovoronezh NPP) and a brand new BN-800 sodium cooled reactor (Beloyarsk NPP).  We are implementing a number of nuke plants in and outside Russia and have been demonstrating every day that it is possible to build on time and on budget, that nuclear energy remains profitable even if the highest standards of safety are industrially implemented,” he said.

It may be mentioned here that Rosatom is implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. The NPP will have two units, each of 1200 MW capacity. Generation 3+ nuclear reactor VVER 1200 has been chosen for the project, said a press release.

On 21-23 March 2017, Brussels hosted the First European Power Generation Week, organized by Platts international news agency and supported by ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia.

This year, the organizers decided to merge Europe’s two largest industry events, the 8th European Power Summit and the 12th European Nuclear Power Conference, into one three-day event.

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