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Russia’s Rosatom proposes to create nuclear power fleet for Africa


Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom proposes to create a nuclear power fleet for Africa to supply the continent with electricity, Rosatom’s head, Alexey Likhachev said

Speaking on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, Likhachev noted that a large percentage of African countries are interested in projects of Russians floating nuclear power plants.

“Apart from direct supplies, creation of floating nuclear power plant in the interest of any of the [African] governments, we have proposed one more modification of this project. It is the creation of nuclear energy fleet so that electricity is sold to consumers directly from aboard a nuclear power plant,” Likhachev said.

He disclosed that Rosatom is going to begin the practical implementation of nuclear projects in Ethiopia in coming two years.

Likhachev added that there is also an agreement on the participation of the New Development Bank of BRICS to financially support Rosatom’s projects in Africa, including the ones on the construction of nuclear power plants.

During the Russia-Africa Summit, Rosatom signed intergovernmental agreements on cooperation in the field of use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes with Zimbabwe and Burundi.

The second Russia-Africa Summit and Economic and Humanitarian Forum took place in the Russian city of St. Petersburg last month.