Beijing: China is building a gas
centrifuge enrichment plant successfully by using Russia`s
technology, head of the Rosatom Nuclear Energy State
Corporation, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear
China is planning to put the plant into operation in 2012,
Sergei Kiriyenko said.
Summing up the results of the 14th session of the
Russian-Chinese commission for nuclear cooperation, he said
the plant "may put into operation ahead of schedule. A total
of 87 per cent of equipment has been delivered and the
construction works are practically over".
"We stated that Chinese partners were working ahead of
schedule and with high quality," Kiriyenko said yesterday.
"Before to talk about further construction, let`s complete
the plant. If our Chinese partners show interest in this,
we`re ready to discuss this. But the key moment is that we`re
ready to discuss further cooperation by way of a joint
venture," the Russian official said.
In addition, he recalled that Russia supplied enriched
uranium to China and that TVEL Fuel Company had launched a
nuclear fuel plant.
He also said Russia and China would build the 3rd and 4th
units at the Tianwan nuclear power plant.
A contract may be signed by the year-end. The earlier
reached agreements on nuclear cooperation have been
implemented, Kiriyenko told Itar-Tass.
The Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation head said
that this year Russia and China had signed a protocol on
launching the 1st and 2nd units of the Tianwan nuclear power
"Today these are the most modern and most reliable units.
Our Chinese partners, including engineers and supervision
services, recognise this," he said. "Based on this we`ve
started a project to build the 3rd and 4th units.
Corresponding protocols have been signed. By the end of
September we hope to sign a technical protocol," Kiriyenko