Russian firm teams up on UK nuclear

Suzie Neuwirth
RUSSIA’S state nuclear energy operator Rosatom yesterday said it has teamed up with Finish utility firm Fortum and British aerospace company Rolls-Royce to assess if it could construct nuclear power plants in the UK.

Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce will undertake engineering and safety assessment work for Rosatom and Fortum will bring safety and waste management expertise.

The Russian monopoly also said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK government to facilitate the assessment.

Russia’s reputation in the nuclear space has taken a bashing since the infamous Chernobyl disaster in 1986, but Rosatom is increasingly looking for new projects in Europe.

“Inward investment into our energy sector will depend upon all reactor technologies meeting the stringent and independent regulatory standards required in the UK and EU,” said Michael Fallon, UK business and energy minister.