Russian nuclear contractor Atomstroyexport cannot complete the work on Iranâ€™s Bushehr nuclear power plant by the end of 2007, Igor Ivanov, secretary of Russiaâ€™s Security Council said on Tuesday, April 17. Ivanov sited cash crunch and technical problems as reasons for the delay.
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Iran has resumed paying for construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant but has still to catch up after recent shortfalls, the AFP news agency reported quoting an official statement by Russiaâ€™s atomic energy agency.
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Russia is bringing home its technicians and engineers from Iranâ€™s unfinished nuclear reactor site at a time of growing international pressure on Tehran to curb its atomic ambitions, U.S. and European representatives said on Tuesday according to the Associated Press report.
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Russia’s nuclear equipment export monopoly Atomstroyexport said Monday it plans to build a nuclear power plant in Morocco.
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A Russian delegation comprising officials and experts of Atomstroiexport, the company that is building the Bushehr nuclear power plant, arrived Monday in Tehran to settle a dispute over an alleged default in payment by Iran for the plant, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.
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Russia will carry over 300 kilos of enriched uranium from a Soviet-era nuclear research reactor in eastern Germany back to Russia, the Reuters news agency reported Thursday.
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North Korea has offered Russia exclusive rights to its natural uranium deposits in exchange for support at the stalled talks on Pyongyangâ€™s nuclear ambitions, a newspaper is quoted by the Associated Press news agency.
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Russian nuclear energy chief stated officially that a radioactive element of Polonium 210 which had caused death of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko could not be obtained illegally in Russia, the Reuters news agency reported Friday.
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The head of Russiaâ€™s nuclear agency Rosatom will visit Iran on December 11 to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries.
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Russiaâ€™s state-controlled nuclear power plant construction company Atomstroyexport has won a $5.1 billion deal to build two power reactors at Bulgariaâ€™s second nuclear power plant, Russian officials said on Tuesday, October 31.
The other bidder was Czech consortium Skoda Alliance, but Bulgariaâ€™s electricity company said the main reasons for choosing the Russian bid were â€œthe higher safety and the longer term of operation of the reactors.â€
The nuclear plant is to be completed in seven and a half years, the national electricity company said.
According to an Atomstroyexport spokesperson, French nuclear company Areva and Germanyâ€™s Siemens will participate in the construction. No details were given.
Bulgariaâ€™s government invested more than $1 billion in the project to build two 1,000 megawatt nuclear units at the Danube port of Belene, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Sofia, but froze it in 1990 after environmentalists said it could pose a safety risk.
The project was revived last year to compensate for the closure of two aging units at the countryâ€™s only nuclear plant in Kozlodui, which the Balkan country agreed to shut this year under its entry treaty with the European Union. Bulgaria will join the EU in January.
Environmental group Greenpeace criticized the choice of the Russian company as â€œfast and cheap, and concludes that that is a bad basis for nuclear safety, as well as economic security for Bulgaria.â€
Jan Haverkamp, Greenpeace nuclear expert for Central Europe, said in a statement that was quoted by Associated Press: â€œThere are only two reactors of this type (VVER 1000/B466) under construction, one in China and one in India, which both are already facing heavy delays. There is no experience with operation, nor has this type been licensed in Europe before.â€
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