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CEP20021130000112 Moscow RIA-Novosti in Russian 1422 GMT 30 Nov 02

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Moscow, 30 November, RIA-Novosti Eduard Puzyrev: More than R1,000bn of investment, in addition to budget funds, is needed for the development of Russia's atomic energy sector in the years up until 2020, Atomic Energy Minister Aleksandr Rumyantsev told RIA-Novosti on Saturday [30 November].
  Rumyantsev said that "R162bn needed to be spent on the modernization of existing plant and machinery at atomic plants, R152bn on the construction of the requisite infrastructure and to address the social problems of atomic industry workers, and up to R750-760bn on the development of atomic energy itself".
  The minister identified a number of priorities to be tackled in the industry. First safety at atomic power plants needs to be improved.
  Secondly, five units are to be built at four atomic plants by 2010, which will allow the capacity of each of the plants to be increased by 1 Gwt. The service life of the existing units will also be extended through modernization - for example, one unit will be modernized each year up until 2007.
  Thirdly, the operational coefficient of the existing plant will be increased. For example, by increasing the operational coefficient of the current capacities by 2.5 per cent it will be possible to reduce production costs at atomic plants by up to 3 per cent.
  Fourthly, there are plans to introduce new, progressive technologies, in particular new types of reactor, in the production of electricity at atomic plans. This would include thermonuclear reactors, which in contrast to today's reactors will be totally safe for the environment. The construction of such reactors will define the entire strategy and policy on new technologies for electricity generation from peaceful atomic technology until the end of the 21st century, said Rumyantsev.

[Description of Source: Moscow RIA-Novosti in Russian -- government information agency, part of the state media holding company]

Minister Says China Russia's Strategic Nuclear Industry Partner

CEP20021202000017 Moscow Interfax in English 0133 GMT 2 Dec 02

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  BEIJING. Dec 2 (Interfax-China) - The Russian atomic energy minister on Monday called China a strategic partner of Russia's as regards nuclear power engineering.
  "Cooperation between Russia and China in the field of nuclear power engineering is forever," Alexander Rumyantsev told Interfax- China.
  He said Russia was currently building two generating units for the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China. This, he said, was a deal that would bring Russia about $1 billion.
  One of the units was to go into operation in December 2004 and the other one about 18 months thereafter, he said.
[Description of Source: Moscow Interfax in English -- non-government information agency known for its aggressive reporting, extensive economic coverage, and good coverage of Russia's regions]


Russia: Highlights from the Nuclear Industry - 19 December 2002

CEP20021219000374 S&T Monitor in English 19 Dec 02

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S&T Monitor
Russia: Highlights from the Nuclear Industry - 3 December 2002

The following are summaries of selected articles on the Russian nuclear industry taken from the central and regional press as well as selected internet sites from 26 September to 12 December 2002.   The opinions expressed in the following summaries are those of the sources and not of FBIS.

Table of Contents:
Kursk Nuclear Power Plant Conducts Planned Emergency Exercises
International Thermonuclear Reactor Project Meeting in Tokyo
American Plan to Prevent Emigration of Russia's Nuclear Scientists may Lead to Unexpected Conclusion
Saint Petersburg Oblast Governor Visits the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics
Uzbekistan to Relocate Radioactive Waste from Storage Site On Kazakhstani Border
Beloyarsk NPP Takes Measures to Prevent Sabotage and Theft
2002 Russian Nuclear Energy Production Figures
Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Visits France for Nuclear Industry Talks

Kursk Nuclear Power Plant Conducts Planned Emergency Exercises -- With the goal of coordinating the efforts of Rosenergoatom [Russian State Concern for Generation of Electric and Thermal Power at Nuclear Power Plants], other ministries, and agencies in the case of an emergency at a Russian nuclear power plant (NPP), Rosenergoatom has conducted a two-day simulated emergency exercise at the Kursk NPP on 25 October.   Another purpose of the exercise was the development of practical emergency skills of personnel at the Kursk NPP, Rosenergoatom, the OPAS [okazanie ekstrennoy pomoshchi atomnym stantsiyam or the provision of immediate assistance to nuclear power stations] group, the emergency-technology center and crisis center of the concern [Rosenergoatom], sub-units and forces from the Ministries of Defense, of Internal Affairs, and for Civil Defense, Emergency Situations, and the Elimination of the Consequences of Natural Disasters.   Upon conclusion of   the exercise and following an in-depth analysis, the results of the exercise will be distributed to all NPPs in Russia ( - News agency owned by Modest Kolerov and focusing on Russian regional news, 26 September).        

International Thermonuclear Reactor Project Meeting in Tokyo -- President of Russia's Kurchatov Institute Academician Evgeniy Velikhov and the First Deputy Minister of Atomic Energy Vladimir Vinogradov represented Russia during a two-day organizational meeting for the international thermonuclear reactor project [called ITER which means "the way" in Latin according to ITER's website] on 29 October.   Meeting participants included government representatives and experts from Russia, the European Union, Canada, and Japan and the discussions pertained to working out an international agreement on the location, construction considerations, and forms of implementation of the first thermonuclear reactor.
France, Canada, and Japan have all offered territory for the site of the future reactor and Russia, at the time of the meeting, supported Japan's bid.   The proposed location discussion is part of an agenda that included determination of ITER's overall cost and how project financing would be divided between the participants (ITAR-TASS - Main government information agency, 29 October).         

American Plan to Prevent Emigration of Russia's Nuclear Scientists may Lead to Unexpected Conclusion -- The American program created within Russia's "nuclear cities," and designed to prevent a brain drain from Russian nuclear research centers, may have an unexpected outcome.   Program organizers initially attempted to retrain Russian nuclear scientists as computer programmers, but this was not going well because they do not have the "right mentality" according to the administrators.   Thus the organizers decided that it would be better to use the scientists to conduct scientific research.   The offshore engineering services industry is still in its nascent stage compared to the offshore programming services industry, and Russian businesses, relying on the work of the nuclear scientists, could make great inroads here (Vedomosti - Daily business paper published jointly with The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times; reportedly friendly with the Kremlin, 29 October).   

Saint Petersburg Oblast Governor Visits the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics -- During a visit to the Konstantinov Institute of Nuclear Physics (Saint Petersburg) on 1 November, Saint Petersburg Oblast Governor Vladimir Yakovlev received briefings on scientific developments, the logistical base of the institute, and prospects for its development.   Yakovlev advised the staff of the institute to expand the institute's project agenda to include commercial projects and requested the director send him a listing of scientific developments so that they might be included in the city's procurement process (Agentstvo Politicheskikh Novostey - Website featuring political rumors and often critical of the Kremlin; outspoken journalist Sergey Dorenko is chairman of the editorial council; located at, 1 November).

Uzbekistan to Relocate Radioactive Waste from Storage Site On Kazakhstani Border -- On 3 December, reported that Uzbekistan has agreed to move radioactive wastes it is storing at its Kzylkum Waste Storage Facility to another location in response to a request by Kazakhstan.   Kazakhstan's request came in response to recent deterioration of the waste site to an "unsatisfactory state."   Alarm grew on the Kazakhstani side when it realized that the amount of waste at the site is sufficient to contaminate a large part of southern Kazakhstan (, 3 December).

Beloyarsk NPP Takes Measures to Prevent Sabotage and Theft -- The administration of the Beloyarsk NPP announced its intention on 11 December to take measures aimed at preventing sabotage and thefts of radioactive materials at the facility.   These measures were to be enacted as a result of a study done by Plenipotentiary Presidential Representative in the Ural Federal District Petr Latyshev and will apply to the only NPP (Beloyarsk) located in the district.   During a Ministry of Atomic Energy (MinAtom) special meeting in January 2003, the ministry will finalize the list of measures.   Moreover, MinAtom is considering a number of investment projects concerning the Beloyarsk NPP, including installation of a second reactor at the NPP which would solve the electricity supply problem in the Sverdlovsk Oblast (Alyanc Media, 11 December).  

2002 Russian Nuclear Energy Production Figures -- According to IMA-Press, Rosenergoatom, for the first 11 months of 2002, produced more than 124.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.   For the same period in 2001, the concern's NPPs produced 120.6 billion kilowatt hours.   At the present time 26 of the concern's 30 reactors are producing, with a combined capacity of 19.8 thousand megawatts.   No violations of the conditions or limits for the safe operation of the nuclear reactors were noted (5 December).

Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Visits France for Nuclear Industry Talks --   On 12 October ITAR-TASS reported on Minister of Atomic Energy Aleksandr Rumyantsev's visit to France.   In the course of the visit Rumyantsev met with both Pascal Colombani, Chairman of the French Atomic Energy Commission, and Nicole Fontaine, Minister-Delegate for Industry [attached to the Minister for the Interior, Internal Security, and Local Freedoms], and covered topics such as issues surrounding the June 2002 G-8 Kananaskis Summit.   Other issues discussed were the conversion of weapons grade plutonium, salvage of Russian atomic submarines, and strategic planning.   The meeting concluded with the signing of a protocol of intentions related to cooperation between MinAtom and the French Industrial Group Areva [a French nuclear energy company].   The protocol specifically addressed promising technologies used in the nuclear fuel cycle and utilization of nuclear wastes as well as the creation of working groups on both sides (12 December).  



Document ID: CEP20021129000136

Entry Date: 11/29/2002
Version Number: 01

Source-Date: 11/28/2002

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