SA delegation in Russia to visit nuclear companies and sites

Engineering News 24 October 2012.

Russian nuclear company Rusatom Overseas, part of the giant State-owned Rosatom group, reported on Wednesday that a South African delegation led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was in Russia on a two-day “reconnaissance visit”. The South African delegation, which includes representatives of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa and of South African energy companies, arrived in Russia on Tuesday…

(Editor’s note: This isn’t good news either! Rostov 1, 2 started construction in 1981 and 1983, then stopped in 1990 for safety reasons and then restarted in 1998. Rostov started generating in 2001 and Rostov 2 in 2010. So these two took between 20 to 27 years to completion. Rostov 3 started construction in 1983 and is expected to be up and running between 2013 and 2016. This doesn’t exactly fill one with confidence! Sources: http://www.nti.org/facilities/798/ which is admittedly anti-nuclear, but the dates are confirmed in http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sc=2056940, which is the web site of Nuclear Engineering International, who are pro-nuclear. So, the best thing to do is to delay and delay, until there are many Generation 3 nukes out there up and running. Hopefully by then we will have a vibrant renewable energy industry and won’t need the nukes at all.)

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