Russia ready to supply N-fuel to European power plants: Kiriyenko

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Moscow, Sep 28 (UNI) Russia is ready to directly supply nuclear fuel to nuclear power plants in western Europe, the chief of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko said today.

Rosatom currently delivers nuclear fuel to west European nuclear power plants in cooperation with the French company Areva.

''Russian fuel for nuclear power plants is of high quality and often superior to western fuel. We supply nuclear fuel to nuclear power plants in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, but we want to do business directly with western energy companies, and not through middlemen," Kiriyenko said.

He also said that an intergovernmental agreement is pending on the peaceful uses of atomic energy with Japan, adding Russia has plans to build 26 new nuclear power units by 2020.

Kiriyenko accompanied the Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov to the Elektrostal factory outside Moscow which produces nuclear fuel.

Zubkov expressed optimism about Russia's prospects on the world nuclear market.

Competition is tough in the world market, but most countries invite our specialists and are willing to offer their nuclear power plants, so that our specialists would come to work there. This is really great, Zubkov said in his remarks.

UNI

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