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Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:00

Rosatom ready to help extend the “lifetime” of NPPs in Europe

The state-owned corporation Rosatom is ready to help its European partners to solve the problem of extending the service life of nuclear power plants, Vice-President of Rosatom International Network Andrey Rozhdestvin said, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of Rosatom.

Speaking in Brussels on Monday at the 10th European Atomic Energy Conference, Andrey Rozhdestvin said the current energy industry of Europe features the two main factors. The first one, he said, is quite tough ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions and keeping the global temperature rise within two degrees.

On the other hand, the half of 131 nuclear reactors in Europe is approaching the end of the 30-year operation, Andrey Rozhdestvin added. “And now it is necessary to make a decision to either extend the lifespan of these plants or stop them. In this regard, Europe is facing quite a complicated situation”, Andrey Rozhdestvin said.

He explained that the issue of stopping the nuclear power plants can be solved by increasing coal generation, which does not contribute to addressing the environmental problems, or by expending the lifetime of the existing plants and starting construction of new nuclear facilities.

The Russian nuclear industry already had such problems in the past and successfully solved them, Andrey Rozhdestvin said.

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