Murmansk Governor Wants New Nuclear Reactors

September 30, 2013

The building of a new nuclear power plant is of key importance for the development of our region, Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun told Russia’s nuclear power company Rosatom.

Meeting with Rosatom leader Sergey Kirienko in Murmansk this week, Governor Kovtun underlined that the region’s major industrial company like the Kola GMK, Phosagro and Evrochem are all interested in a new powerplant. In addition comes the Ministry of Defence, whose Northern Fleet is actively developing, Kovtun said.

Two of the four reactors at the Kola NPP are expected to be taken out of service in 2018 and 2019 respectively. “There is very little time left,” Kovtun told Kirienko. She underlined that the building of a new powerplant will be of major importance for the region’s development, a press release reads.

Both Rosatom and regional authorities have for several years discussed the possible construction of a second nuclear powerplant in the Kola Peninsula. However, the plans have repeatedly been put aside as the service life of the existing reactors have been prolonged. If built, the new plant will be situation about ten kilometers southeast of the current NPP.

Copyright, Barents Observer, 2013.