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Rosenergoatom to start building nine nuclear power units in 2007

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Rosenergoatom, Russia's state-run nuclear power generating monopoly, said Thursday it planned to begin construction of nine nuclear power-generating units in 2007.
MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - Rosenergoatom, Russia's state-run nuclear power generating monopoly, said Thursday it planned to begin construction of nine nuclear power-generating units in 2007.

"Next year we will work under entirely new conditions prompted by the market," the concern's general director Sergei Obozov said. "We have once again to prove our business efficiency."

Russia's nuclear industry is under major revamp aimed at boosting nuclear energy production and increasing Russia's competitiveness on the global nuclear market.

Under a plan, approved this summer by President Vladimir Putin, Russia will merge its civilian nuclear companies into one state company, Atomprom, to form a giant capable of competing on the world nuclear market.

"During the transitional period to Atomprom, in which we see ourselves as the core, we have to prove our soundness by improving [NPPs'] safety," Obozov said.

Rosenergoatom runs a total of 31 power-generating units at 10 of Russia's nuclear power plants.

If the plan is implemented, Atomprom will also absorb the civilian units of Rosatom, including TVEL, the nuclear fuel producer and supplier, Tekhsnabexport (Tenex), the state-owned uranium trader, and Atomstroiexport, Russia's leading organization implementing intergovernmental agreements on the construction of nuclear facilities abroad.

Rosatom is set to amalgamate all of Russia's nuclear power generation, uranium production and enrichment, as well as the building and export of nuclear products.

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