Rosatom holds negotiations with Saudi Arabia on small-capacity reactors

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SOCHI, April 15. /TASS/. Rosatom is holding negotiations with Saudi Arabia in the field of construction of nuclear power plants (NPP) with high-capacity reactors and also on implementation of projects with small-capacity reactors and non-energy nuclear technologies, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian stat-run corporation Alexei Likhachev told reporters on Monday.

“Firstly, we take part in procedures of the tender announced by the government for construction of high-capacity reactors. We are also holding talks on potential cooperation in respect of small-capacity reactors and non-energy nuclear technologies,” Likhachev said, commenting on projects of interest for the Russian nuclear corporation in Saudi Arabia.

Regarding the Middle East, the Russian nuclear corporation also continues examining issues related to use of Rosatom’s nuclear technologies in Jordan and Qatar, the top manager said. “We are holding consultations with the government of the United Arab Emirates and actually believe that these countries will sooner or later make specific decisions on accommodation of nuclear technologies,” Likhachev noted.

As reported earlier, Saudi Arabia looks for a company to build two power units of the first nuclear power plant in the country. Further to Rosatom, among the bidders are companies from the United States, China, the Republic of Korea and France.

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