Russian State Corporation Rosatom plans to increase the share of nuclear power generation in the country’s energy balance in the medium term, said the head of the state corporation Alexei Likhachev in the Pozner program on Channel One.
Answering the question of the presenter why Rosatom is currently building only three power units in Russia (2 units at Kursk NPP-2 and 1 at Leningrad NPP-2), despite the fact that the portfolio of foreign orders of the state corporation is 36 units, Likhachev replied: “We are not allowed to build more, as the government and the Ministry of Energy say that we do not need so much electricity in general.”
According to the top manager, there is a lot of discussion on this issue. “The President of the Russian Federation unambiguously said that it is necessary to increase the share of nuclear generation in the total volume of electricity production. This can be done in the medium term, in the 2030s-40s. And we will talk about the construction of not three, four or five (power units), as in the 2020s, but about a much larger number (of power units)”, Likhachev said.” The target is the following: from the current 20% to rise by 25% in the medium term. I mean the percentage of nuclear generation in the total electricity volume.”
The State Corporation “Rosatom” controls over 300 enterprises and organizations, employing more than 270 thousand people in total.
In Russia, at 11 operating nuclear power plants, 38 power units are in operation with a total installed capacity of about 30.3 GW. Rosatom’s foreign business portfolio includes 36 power units in 12 countries, of which 25 power units are under active implementation in 9 countries.