Rosatom expresses interest in teaming up with India to produce small and medium sized reactors
“Rosatom is developing small and medium-sized solutions based on light water reactor unit of Russian design. In Russia, we have commissioned and will be operationalizing the first Floating Nuclear power plant this year,” Mazein said, addressing th...
Nikita Mazein, vice president of Rusatom Overseas -- a division of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation -- revealed this during the the recent 11th edition of Nuclear Energy Conclave organised by the Indian Energy Forum.
“Rosatom is developing small and medium-sized solutions based on light water reactor unit of Russian design. In Russia, we have commissioned and will be operationalizing the first Floating Nuclear power plant this year,” Mazein said, addressing the conclave.
He contended that there is a need to explore the possibility of such projects in the coastal areas of South Asia as the segment can provide opportunities for furthering the nuclear cooperation between India and Russia.
“For those countries that don’t have significant demand or the system capacity to absorb large capacity power units, a similar solution with 50-100 mw units can be useful. We are also in talks with some international partners for development of such units in third countries. We want to enhance our cooperation beyond execution of current projects,” said Mazein.
Rosatom is the main equipment supplier and technical consultant in the construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Russia and India have an action plan document for the construction of second nuclear power plant. The two countries are planning to develop a project of up to six nuclear power units of Russian design at a new site in India.
“We are looking for cooperation to execute projects not only in India but also in third countries. We are discussing with our partners in India how to execute the localization agreement signed three years ago. We are talking with stakeholders about developing new power plant projects,” he said, citing the success of nuclear reactors based on Russian design, which have seen one reactor being commissioned almost every year for the past 14 years.
Mazein also suggested that cooperation with India could also be expanded to other areas of nuclear applications such as in health and agriculture.
Rosatom ranks first in the world in uranium enrichment, second in uranium reserves, and fourth in terms of its production, and has 17% share to the nuclear fuel market.