Russia, China break new ground with signing of several major nuclear contracts in nuclear sphere

General Press Releases Tuesday June 19, 2018 09:47
Bangkok--19 Jun--

Russian and Chinese nuclear executives have signed the biggest package of contracts in the history of the two countries' nuclear partnership during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit. The package consists of four deals and envisages the construction of 4 Gen 3+ VVER-1200 units (at the Xudabao and Tianwan sites), cooperation in the CFR-600 fast reactor pilot project, and supply of the RITEG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) parts for China's lunar exploration programme. The signing ceremony was attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin and People's Republic of China president Xi Jinping.

Russia is represented by the state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, and CEO Alexey Likhachev commented: "Today, Russia and China are the leaders of the world's nuclear energy [industry]. The signing of these agreements is the best confirmation of our partnership with our Chinese friends. I note that over the course of longstanding cooperation with our reliable partners – China's Atomic Energy Authority, the National Energy Administration, and the China National Nuclear Corporation – we have created an unprecedented level of trust. Therefore, we developed a framework for joint design and construction at the Tianwan site by both Russian and Chinese specialists. We continue to jointly build the most modern Gen 3+ units in China. Moreover, today we agreed to start the construction of VVER-1200 power units at a greenfield site. We have great plans to cooperate in the nuclear sphere, not only with regard to [the design and construction of] high-power nuclear power plants."

The first two deals of signed at the summit were for the construction of four new units – two at the greenfield site of Xudabao and two at Tianwan (units seven and eight). All four units will feature Russia's latest Gen3+ VVER-1200 reactors. The reactors, as well as all other necessary equipment, will be developed and supplied to the nuclear island by Russia.

The third deal envisages the supply of equipment, fuel, and services for the CNNC-developed CFR-600 fast reactor pilot project.

Lastly, a deal was also signed for the supply of radionuclide heat units (UHR) used as parts of radioisotope thermoelectric generators to power equipment in China's space programme, for use in lunar explorations in particular.

Notes to the editor:

The package of contracts was prepared in accordance with a joint declaration by the governments of Russia and China about the development of strategic cooperation on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Over the past few years, Russia and China have been cooperating in various nuclear energy projects, including, but not limited to, the construction of nuclear power plants and supplying isotope products for nuclear medicine.

Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is the largest facility used in Russian-Chinese economic cooperation. Power units No.1 and No.2 were started up in 2007. These first two units of the Tianwan NPP generate above 15 billion KW/hour of electric power annually. Power unit No.3 was connected to the grid last December.

The design of Tianwan NPP is based on Russia's AES-91 project with a VVER-1000 reactor, which fully meets the requirements of current Chinese, Russian, and IAEA regulation. The construction of Tianwan nuclear power plant is being carried out by Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) in cooperation with Russia's Atomstroyexport, a part of the ASE Group of Companies.

About Rosatom:

ROSATOM is the only company in the world to offer integrated clean energy solutions across the nuclear supply chain and beyond, including the design, build and operation of nuclear power stations, uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, the supply of nuclear fuel, decommissioning, spent fuel storage and transportation and safe nuclear waste disposal. With seventy years' continuous experience, the company is the world leader in high-performance solutions for all kinds of nuclear power plants. It is also working in the segments of wind generation, nuclear medicine, energy storage and other.

Headquartered in Moscow, the company brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations and over 250,000 employees. Globally, the company has the second biggest uranium reserves, has 36% of the world's enrichment market, and is the world's biggest builder of the latest generation nuclear power stations with 33 units under construction in 12 countries.


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