Russia will begin construction of two new reactors at the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China next year, the head of the Rosatom state-controlled nuclear corporation said.
Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly Atomstroyexport and its Chinese partner, the Jiangsu nuclear power corporation, signed a framework agreement this March on construction of two VVER-1000 reactors with a power output of 1000MW.
"The work must begin next year," Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko said.
The first two VVER-1000 reactors at the Tianwan nuclear power plant were started in 2007.
Atomstroyexport and the Jiangsu nuclear power corporation signed a general contract to build the plant, the largest project in Russian-Chinese economic cooperation, in 1997. The Russian company was charged with design work, equipment and material supplies, construction and assembly work, as well as training Chinese personnel.
Russia and China agreed that Moscow would receive 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 bln) to build the second stage of the Tianwan nuclear power plant.
BEIJING, September 27 (RIA Novosti)