CHINA: TIANWAN NUKE PLANT TO BE FUELLED, JUNE NEXT

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BEIJING, April 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russians are building a nuclear power plant in Tianwan, China. Its Unit One is expected for fuelling next June, most probably. The information came from Ivan Kamenskikh, deputy chief of Russia's Federal Nuclear Energy Agency. He addressed newsmen as soon as he came back to Beijing from Lianyungan, near which the station bases.

Signed in 1997, the Tianwan construction contract envisages two power units to a lump 2,000 megawatts.

"Things are OK at the construction site, though the workers are a bit out of schedule-that due to Russian-manufactured equipment slightly below standard," said Mr. Kamenskikh. All that will surely be made good before May's end, and unit fuelling may take start then, he reassured.

Mr. Kamenskikh will revisit the plant in May's latter half, he added.

He had conference today with the President of the China National Nuclear Corporation to blueprint further Tianwan partnership.

Unit Two construction goes on parallel to Unit One, he went on.

Russian nuclear construction prospects in China largely depend on whether the two units will be commissioned on schedule and are found a success. China makes a special stress on the point, said Mr. Kamenskikh. "What China intends to do on Project Tianwan aims to keep the market open to Russia," he stressed.

Russia's Atomstroiexport Co. applied, February 28, for a tender to build nuclear plants in China's Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces. The projects envisage a total four units, 1,000 megawatts each. Rivaling the Russian company in the contest are France's Areva and the Westinghouse of the USA.

China is presently collecting exhaustive supplementary information from all applicants, said Mr. Kamenskikh.

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