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For the project of floating NPPs, Russia may be interested in Chinese or Korean partners - Rosenergoatom

As part of the implementation of the FNPP (a project of low-capacity floating nuclear power plants) intended for heat and power supply to remote regions of the Arctic and the Far East, Russia is discussing with China the creation of a joint venture for the production and operation of stations, ITAR-TASS reported. At the same time, within the framework of cooperation, the Russian side wants to produce stations in China, but to carry out the final assembly with the installation of a reactor and other equipment in Russia, which China is not satisfied with.

Rosenergoatom General Director Yevgeny Romanov believes that the format of a joint venture with China is not a priority option for cooperation, and in terms of building a floating platform for a floating nuclear power plant, Russia may be interested in Korean or Chinese partners. "It is known in the market that Chinese and Korean enterprises make ship hulls quickly and quite cheaply, so the idea arose that if the general part of the ship will be made by Chinese enterprises, and we will produce the" stuffing ", it will turn out to be a good project," Romanov said.

On May 20, within the framework of the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Chinese Atomic Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the construction of floating nuclear thermal power plants (FNPP). China expects to use floating nuclear power plants based on Russian technology to supply power to its island territories. According to Rosatom, an independent director, chairman of the expert council of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. Chen Zhaobo said that China "desperately needs floating nuclear power plants." “We have many islands that are far from the coast and it is difficult to provide them with electricity,” - explained the representative of SNPTC. At present, only Russia has the appropriate technology, Ch. Zhaobo further noted, therefore China expects cooperation with Rosatom in the supply of floating nuclear power plants.

The FNPP project has been implemented since the mid-2000s - in 2007, construction began on the lead floating power unit for the first FNPP. The construction contract was signed in 2009 between Baltiyskiy Zavod and Rosenergoatom. The total cost of the project at that time was estimated at 9,8 billion rubles. The first station is planned to be located in Chukotka. FNPPs are designed for integrated electricity and heat supply to isolated consumers in remote areas that do not have a centralized power supply, with expensive long-distance fuel. In Russia, these are large settlements and ports along the Northern Sea Route and the coast of the Far East, mineral deposits, military bases.

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