Russia's Rosatom to Build Two Inland China Reactors

Rosatom reported last week that China has invited the Russian state-controlled nuclear power firm to build new reactors at an inland site.

Russia's ITAR-TASS news service reported Thursday that a Russian delegation will soon assess construction sites near Harbin, between Mongolia and Russia's Pacific coast. Details on the exact location and technology to be used were not available, but a Rosatom executive was quoted as saying the plant will comprise two units.

China has been ramping up its deal making with foreign nuclear firms as it prepares to end a moratorium on new inland nuclear plants put in place following the Fukushima Daiichi accidents in Japan. Westinghouse's CEO recently announced the company is close to a deal to move forward with 26 new AP1000 reactors at inland sites. While it holds a smaller share of China's market for power reactor technology, Russia has built two VVER-1000 pressurized water reactors at Tianwan that entered service in 2007. According to the World Nuclear Association, two additional Russian reactors are under construction at that location, and more units are on the drawing board.  

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