Russia agrees to build two more reactors in China

23rd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday signed a contract to build two additional reactors in China's Tianwan nuclear power plant as Chinese premier Wen Jiabao is in Russia for several days of energy talks.

Russia's first 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor at Tianwan in eastern China went into operation in June 2007 after numerous delays, while a second went into operation in September of the same year.

Russia has been competing with Western nations and Japan for a slice of China's nuclear power market as Beijing plans an increase in the number of its nuclear power stations to reduce its dependence on coal.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who together with Wen oversaw the signing of the contract by Russia's Atomstroyexport nuclear reactor builder, has tasked officials with boosting Russia's share of the global nuclear market to 25 percent from the current 16 percent.

Wen and Putin are also expected to tackle pricing disputes in gas cooperation and attend a 13-nation summit that aims to save the tiger and double the big cat's population by 2022.

© 2010 AFP

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