Twenty eight large nuclear power units will be built in Russia before 2030, President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated at a meeting with NRNU MEPHI students.
“In Russia’s energy mix, a share of nuclear power is not big, just 16% <…> Our goal is to reach 25%. This speaks of the fact that by 2030 we must build 28 more large power units; this is nearly the same as the number of units made and commissioned over the entire Soviet period,” Putin said.
The President added that in addition to this number ROSATOM had got orders for building 22 nuclear power units abroad.
Putin expressed his opinion that the further development of nuclear power in the world is inevitable, in spite of the fact that after the Fukushima-Daiichi accident two countries – Germany and Japan – abandoned development of this area.
“All other world countries consider necessary to develop nuclear power, and I think this is inevitable,” the President said. “It is impossible to reverse the progress. There is another issue that is how to ensure safety,” he added.
According to Putin, what ROSATOM offers as projects for both domestic and international markets meets higher safety standards introduced after the accident in Japan.