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Ambassadors in Vienna paid a visit to Baltijskiy Zavod and Leningrad NPP

This week a large delegation of 42 permanent representatives of foreign countries to international organisations in Vienna visited Saint-Petersburg to have a look at Russia’s advanced nuclear power technologies.

Ambassadors visited existing Leningrad NPP and Leningrad Phase II which is under construction (Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad region) where ROSATOM is preparing the first criticality of the world’s second reactor of Generation III+ (VVER-1200) which meets all post-Fukushima safety requirements. Advanced Russian Gen 3+ units are proposed to be built at the new site in India.

“The most important issue on the visit’s agenda is the link between nuclear power and ecology. The plant is situated in one of the cleanest places of Leningrad Region and demonstrates that nuclear power is green. At the plant our guests have received comprehensive answers to all questions related to safety and understand that Russian plants, in fact, are safest in the world,” stated Vladimir Voronkov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to International Organizations in Vienna.

The delegation also visited LLC Baltijskiy Zavod – Sudostroenie where they had a tour of the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov (designed to supply electricity to the seaport of Pevek and companies based in Chukotka) and a new generation nuclear icebreaker which is being built there.

The event was invited by Russia as a leading Member State of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a member of the IAEA Board of Governors. Since 2013 this has been the fifth visit arranged by the permanent mission of Russia to the IAEA and a record visit in terms of participants.

The delegation included diplomats and nuclear experts from Austria, Brazil, China, Jordan, Hungary, Panama, Peru, Republic of South Africa, Singapore, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand and other countries.

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