MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom is launching a program on the development of nuclear power units of small and medium-level capacity, Rosatom's deputy director, Vyacheslav Pershukov, said Tuesday.
"A fundamental decision was made – we are starting to engage in these activities," Pershukov said, speaking at the "Innovative Projects And Nuclear Energy Technology" international conference.
According to Pershukov, Rosatom's program is "an important step" in the Russian nuclear power industry, which will open new market opportunities and lead to the development of new technologies.
Earlier, head of Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko said that the state corporation intends to accelerate the work on the creation of small and medium-capacity nuclear power reactors, which will allow Russia to secure firm positions on foreign markets.
Under the new program, Rosatom plans to put the first medium-level capacity unit into operation before 2025.
The need for nuclear power units of small and medium capacity exists in regions with poorly developed infrastructure networks and in remote areas, where fuel supplies are hard to establish.