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Nuclear deal: Russian agency has its say

2014-10-08 09:29

We have noted a post on your esteemed news portal dated October 6, titled "Why Russian nukes are good for us" and felt compelled to respond.

We respect diverse opinions and activism, but we would like to clarify certain details related to the activities of the State Corporation Rosatom and the overall development of nuclear power industry.

1. Large infrastructure projects, especially in atomic power industry, are always brought up for public discussion. We believe that this should be based on accurate and unbiased information.

We are convinced that state-of-the-art nuclear technologies are completely safe and that they help solve the most important problems faced by humanity – energy and fresh water shortage and combating cancer.

2. The Chernobyl disaster was a tragic event in the history of nuclear power industry.  Russia, more than any other country, absorbs lessons of the tragedy in Chernobyl.

Rosatom constructs VVER-type reactors in Russia and offers them on the market for NPPs. This technology is radically different from the RBMK technology which the Chernobyl NPP was based on.

Our technologies had satisfied all post-Fukushima requirements even before the Fukushima accident.
 
3. The Akkuyu NPP project which is currently being constructed in Turkey is implemented in accordance with the schedule and in compliance with the time frame established in advance.

At present, the engineering company of the Akkuyu NPP is expecting a positive opinion on the environmental impact statement (EIS), as no work may start on the site before a necessary permission is obtained. For Turkey.

This is the first NPP. We are satisfied that our Turkish partners strictly follow all procedures.

4. Rosatom operates in full compliance with the IAEA requirements and in terms of this has an excellent reputation.  

5. As has already been mentioned, Rosatom is seriously tackling the global issue of nuclear and radiation safety. Our company is continuously developing new methods for processing and storage of used nuclear fuel so that the issue of safe radioactive waste storage could be considered a solved one. 

We can offer integrated solutions for processing used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, which are produced not only by NPPs, but also in medicine, for instance.

Guarantee and, which is more important, predictability of the cost of 1 kWh of electricity, is essential for each consumer.

We are practically the only vendor that can guarantee certain price for electricity generated at NPPs, as we have created the entire technology chain: from uranium production to NPP construction and electricity distribution.  And these are not merely words, but real facts.

In India (the data was reported by the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India) the price per 1 kWh of electricity generated at the Kudankulam NPP constructed using Russian technologies totals 3.5 to 4 rupees (about US$ 0.06), while the price per 1 kWh under the projects of the closest competitors ranges between 6.5 (US$ 0.10) to 12 rupee (US$ 0.19). We believe that we will be able to offer the price meeting the expectations of our partners on South Africa.


Regards,

Mr Ivan Dybov,
Vice President of Rusatom International Network

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