Russia To Help India Build Nuke Plants In Third Countries

Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear utility, is ready to help India in setting up Russian-designed nuclear power stations in third countries.
Rosatom CEO (South Asia) Alexey Pimenov recently said that they established a regional centre in Mumbai mainly to strengthen partnerships with Indian suppliers. Speaking at a press conference in the western Indian city a couple of days ago, Pimenov also said that the centre would help India and Russia properly co-ordinate Rosatam’s proposed projects in neighbouring Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He made clear that the main task of the Mumbai centre would be to “identify new opportunities for the development of Rosatom’s nuclear power and non-energy businesses in the South Asian region”.
According to the Rosatom CEO, Russia is trying hard to increase its competitive edge in the nuclear plant construction market. He informed the press that the Russian state corporation would produce new reactors in India and install those in other countries in the region. Pimenov further said that Russia could extract natural uranium jointly with India for producing nuclear fuel in the coming years. It will be easier for Rosatom to operate nuclear power and non-energy businesses in Jordan, Hungary, Egypt, Iran, Finland, Turkey and Argentina from Mumbai.
Commenting on India-Russia co-operation in nuclear sector, the senior Rosatom official stressed: “The opening of the centre in Mumbai was a logical and natural step in the development of our co-operation. The regional office allows us to strengthen our partnership with Indian colleagues to carry out ongoing projects and find new opportunities for the implementation of mutually beneficial projects in other areas that are relevant to the region. In addition, the employees of the centre also supervise our projects in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka”.
Meanwhile, sources close to India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have said in a statement that New Delhi and Moscow signed a Strategic Vision document in December 2014 for strengthening bilateral co-operation in atomic energy. As per the document, the two “friendly” nations will explore “opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian designed nuclear power plants in third countries”. According to the DAE sources, Rosatom set up the regional centre in Mumbai on the basis of that document.
In the presence of senior DAE officials, Pimenov told the Indian media that next few months would be crucial for India and Russia as Rosatom planned to start work on the Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh in 2017. Ruppur NPP, the planned 2.4GWe plant, will be Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant. Earlier, Rosatom assured the Sheikh Hasina government in Dhaka that the first of two units of the plant would go into operation in 2023. Ruppur is situated in the north-western part of Bangladesh (200km north-west of Dhaka) on the bank of Padma River.


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