Strelna: Russia Tuesday signed a contract
to build two additional reactors at China`s Tianwan nuclear power plant, with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Russia for
several days of energy talks.
Russia`s first 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor at
Tianwan in eastern China went into operation in June 2007
after numerous delays, while a second came on line in
September of that year.
Russia has been competing with Western nations and Japan for a slice of China`s nuclear power market as Beijing plans an increase in the number of its atomic power stations
to reduce its dependence on coal.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who together with Wen
oversaw the signing of the contract by Russia`s
Atomstroyexport nuclear reactor builder, has tasked officials
with boosting Russia`s share of the global nuclear market to
25 per cent from the current 16 per cent.
Wen and Putin are also expected to tackle pricing
disputes in gas cooperation and attend a 13-state summit that
aims to save the tiger and double the big cat`s population by