Russian parliament and Kremlin party defends fast-breeder reactors

Publish date: November 1, 2004

Lower House of the Russian Parliament, or the State Duma, and the pro-Kremlin party United Russia demand financing of the second Russia’s fast breeder reactor construction at the Beloyarsk NPP in the Ekaterinburg region, RIA-Novosti reported.

The State Duma committee on energy, transport and communication recommended the Russian Government to include this project into the Federal program “Energy efficient economy” in 2005 and until 2010. This decision was taken at the extended meeting of the committee on October 13. The committee also recommended including this project into the federal budget of 2005. The chairman of the Duma Environment committee said he was glad that the nuclear industry which “used to create environmental problems” now “solves the environmental problems”. “This is the right direction of the nuclear industry development” Grachev said.

The Duma’s initiative was promptly supported by the pro-Kremlin party United Russia on October 25. Its General Council recommended the federal budget to allocate the money in 2005-2010 to construct a new fast-breeder reactor BN-800 at the Beloyarsk NPP. The General Council approved the initiative of the Sverdlovsk department of the United Russia party to hold the construction of the fourth fast-breeder unit under patronage.

On October 28, the Russian nuclear agency’s puppet NGO “Environmental Forum” suggested a federal program “Development of the fast neutron energy with closed nuclear fuel cycle”. The first stage of the program includes completion and launch of the BN-800 fast neutron reactor. The meeting demanded a separate line with $76m in the state budget for the next year, reported.

The lifetime of the only Russia’s fast-breeder reactor BN-600 at the Beloyarsk NPP ends in 2010. The new reactor unit can be finished only in 2015 with the current scarce financing.