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06.12.2012

Russia and China sign a cooperation protocol for the construction of Tian Wan Nuclear Power Plant 2

 

Russia and China have signed a cooperation protocol for the construction of the second stage of the Tian Wan Nuclear Power Plant (Tian Wan NPP 2).

 

The document was signed after the 17th regular meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries. The general contract for the construction of the second stage of the power plant was signed by the Russian company Atomstroyexport and JNPC (Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation) in 2010 and it went into effect in the fall of 2011. Russia is prepared to give China a state loan for the construction of Tian Wan NPP 2. However, as was earlier noted by the General Director of the State Corporation ROSATOM Sergey Kirienko, ‘it may not be needed.’

 

Tian Wan NPP 2 should be put into operation by the end of 2017, General Director of the State Corporation ROSATOM Sergey Kirienko told journalists.

 

‘By the end of 2017 all the power generation blocks should have been launched and in 2018 they should be online,’ he said, adding that the first concrete on the construction site will be poured into the foundation this December.

As to whether China will be borrowing a state loan from Russia to complete the construction of Tian Wan NPP 2, Sergey Kirienko said ,’Rather  yes than no.’

 

Under the contract Atomstroyexport will build blocks 3 and 4 using the same design as was used for the first stage: the two power units are of a Russian design utilising VVER-1000 nuclear reactors with a capacity of 1,060 MWt each.

 

Interfax