ROSATOM and the Ministry of Energy and Climate Change of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of cooperation


A meeting between Rosatom’s Director General, Sergey Kirienko, and UK’s Minister of State for Energy, Michael Fallon took place in Moscow. A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the nuclear energy has been signed. The signing of a Collaboration Agreement between Rosatom, Rolls-Royce and Fortum took place, which aimed at joint exploration of opportunities for construction and operation of NPP with VVER reactors in the UK territory.


The Parties will work on preliminary preparation for the generic design assessment of NPP with VVER reactor unit as well as licensing of an NPP construction site. Such procedures are necessary initial steps for obtaining a construction permit for new nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom. The Parties consider the UK energy market as an attractive one, as most of the operating UK NPP fleet is to be decommissioned in the medium term. At the same time the UK authorities are targeting a radical reduction of СО2 emissions, and therefor are creating environment to secure implementation of a scale program of building new NPPs in the country.


Within the framework of the collaboration agreement Rolls-Royce will offer its considerable expertise of company’s specialists in preparation of licensing of NPP projects by the UK regulators as well as the competence of Rolls-Royce as leading engineering and mechanical engineering company with necessary network of suppliers. Fortum in its turn possesses extensive experience in construction, operation and maintenance of NPPs with VVER reactors in Finland. The expertise and analysis of the company’s specialists will be used for document preparation while investigating opportunities for construction and operation of NPP with VVER reactors in the UK.


The modern project of the power unit with VVER reactor unit belongs to Generation III+ (the most advanced among the all now existing in the world). The project possesses a unique combination of active and passive safety systems, which guarantee the safety of the environment even in the cases of external power and coolant supply losses. Nuclear power plants with VVER reactors are currently being operated in Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Iran, China, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Russian Federation.