Russia says nuclear plants 'safe' from tsunami, quake

19th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Tests at Russia's active nuclear power plants have shown they are safe and can withstand a 14-metre tsunami or the most powerful earthquake, deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said Tuesday.

Speaking at a summit in Kiev on the safe use of nuclear energy, Sechin said Russia is completing tests on all active power stations and is ready to present the results to the International Atomic Energy Association.

"At the moment, we are finishing carrying out stress tests in Russia on all active nuclear plants. In particular, we tested our power plants to see how they would withstand a 14-metre-high tsunami and an earthquake up to a strength of nine," Sechin said, adding that they met the necessary safety standards.

"In the mid-term, our priority is to move to building modern power stations with active and passive safety systems," Sechin said, adding that these plants would be protected from natural and man-made disasters.

Russian designs for a new generation of power stations "are reliably protected from natural cataclysms like hurricanes and floods and can withstand a 400 tonne plane falling on them," he said.

He said that Russia intended to push ahead with nuclear energy as one of the most economically profitable sources of electric power.

© 2011 AFP

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