Russians plan up to six new reactors for nuclear plant near Finland
Russia plans to build up to six new reactors at the Sosnovyi Bor nuclear power plant on the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg, says Viktor Opekunov, the chairman of the Energy Committee of the Russian Duma. Opekunov was speaking in Helsinki on Tuesday on energy relations between Russia and the European Union.
The new reactors are to replace the existing four old ones. Each time one new reactor comes on line, an old one will be shut down.
In addition to the four replacements of the old reactors, Opekunov says that an additional two more might also be built. Construction of the first of the new reactors is to begin in 2008, and they should be ready to go on line in 2011-2012, at about the same time that proponents of a proposed controversial 1,000 megawatt undersea electricity cable to link the power plant with the Finnish electricity grid would be complete.
Opekunov says that the project has been studied in Russia, and seen as both profitable and feasible. He adds that the project has the support of the government, the Duma, and President Vladimir Putin.
The construction of new reactors at Sosnovyi Bor is expected to launch an extensive programme of investment into nuclear energy in Russia, leading to the construction of dozens of new reactors by 2030.
The proportion of nuclear power in Russia’s energy mix is expected to rise from the present 15 percent to 25 percent.
Rosenergoatom, the company that operates Russia’s nuclear power plants, is completely under state control. Therefore, financing would come from the state budget.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Finnish industry holds discussions on Russian electricity cable project (9.8.2006)
Spokesman for Russian electric grid denounces proposal for power cable to Finland (21.4.2006)
Russian company sweetens offer for large undersea electric cable (20.4.2006)
Fingrid CEO gives dire warning of Russian cable project (11.4.2006)
Vanhanen denies "pressure" from Russia on undersea electric cable issue (3.4.2006)
Russian environmental activist seeks asylum in Finland (12.12.2005)
Russia wants to extend life of Sosnovyi Bor nuclear plant through 2026 (17.5.2006)