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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 16. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- In 2003 nuclear power plants of the Rosenergoatom concern worked reliably and safely, general director Oleg Saraev has said.

    "No events exceeding norms of nuclear or radiation safety have happened at the Russian nuclear power stations", he assured.

    "The safe operation of nuclear power units has increased power generation at nuclear power stations. In 2003 their volume of electricity generation was 148.6 billion kilowatt/hours, or 6.3 percent more than last year", he continued. The rate of growth of electricity generation by nuclear power plants, in line with the programme Russia's Energy Strategy Until 2003, is exceeding almost two times that in the conventional sector.

    In 2003, at Russia's total electricity production about 890 billion kilowatt/hours, Rosenergoatom contributed over 16.5 percent /15.7 percent last year/. By 2020 the national electricity production will stand at 1,175 billion kilowatt/hours, nuclear power plants contributing 330 billion kilowatt/hours.

    According to Oleg Saraev, the current growth of electricity generation by nuclear power facilities enables the annual replacement of over 40 billion cubic meters of gas in the electricity sector. The rate of gas replacement is up to 3 billion cubic meters annually. By 2020 the replacement of gas due to the operation of nuclear power plants will reach 100 billion cubic meters a year.

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