Monday, April 02, 2007

Russia Seeks Canadian Cooperation on Nuclear Energy Research

From the Globe and Mail:

OTTAWA -- Russia's nuclear energy agency is looking to forge a partnership with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to develop the next generation of reactors, as part of the country's effort to become a global leader in the nuclear power industry.

Russia has one of the world's most ambitious nuclear programs, both for its domestic market and in international sales, and it is looking to AECL to collaborate on a new generation of high-efficiency reactors.


Valery Rachkov, head of atomic power at Rosatom, the state nuclear agency, visited Ottawa last week to attend Russia's first formal session in an international organization for nuclear research that promotes co-operation on reactor development.

In an interview at an Ottawa hotel, Mr. Rachkov said Russian and Canadian nuclear efforts bear similarities, including plans for the development of a new pressure tube reactor, and the two sides are exploring avenues of mutual interest.

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