July 29, 2008

Russia to Launch Some Nuclear Plants Earlier Than Scheduled

ELEKTROSTAL, near Moscow. July 29 (Interfax) - The deadlines for putting some of the planned Russian nuclear power plants into operation are to be brought forward, said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of nuclear power industry regulator Rosatom, on Tuesday.

This would mean revising the General Plan for nuclear power plant construction that is to be in effect until 2020, Kiriyenko told reporters after a conference in Elektrostal on the future of Russia's nuclear industry.

The General Plan sets its deadlines "with a large safety margin," he said.

Kiriyenko cited an example. The General Plan set the launching deadlines of 2014 and 2016 for the third and fourth generating units at the Rostov Nuclear Power Plant respectively, but Rosatom is proposing bringing the deadlines forward to 2013 and 2014 respectively, he said.

"It is a conveyor-type, mass form of construction," Kiriyenko said.

Bringing deadlines forward would save money and optimize nuclear power plant construction projects, he added.

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