Norway continues to allocate millions for environmental projects in North-West Russia

Publish date: March 4, 2005

Murmansk region will receive 31 million Norwegian crowns (about $5m) for solving environmental problems in Andreyeva bay and securing radioisotope thermoelectric generators, or RTGs.

On February 15, the governor of Murmansk region Yury Yevdokimov and the governor of Finnmark county Gunnar Kjønnøy met in Kirkenes and agreed on the list of projects to start in 2005.

According to the agreement, six projects will start in Andreyeva bay this year. Finnmark county allocated for them 11 million Norwegian crowns (about $1.7m), which will be spent of the reconstruction of the maritime terminal for future spent nuclear fuel loading as well as power lines, water supply system, sewage, fire station etc.

The rest of the sum 20 million Norwegian crowns (about $3.3m) will be spent for the RTG’s project, which stipulates securing 31 RTGs, most of which are used as power sources for lighthouses and navigation beacons, and changing them for the solar panels, Norwegian state channel NRK reported.