Russia wants to provide Cape Verde with mini nuclear power plant

15 October 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 15 Oct – Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Wednesday in Moscow that his country was studying the possibility of providing Cape Verde with a mini floating nuclear power station, an official spokesperson said in Praia.

the announcement was made after discussion between Lavrov and his Cape Vedrean counterpart, Víctor Borges, who was on his first visit to Russia since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Last year Moscow announced that start of production of mini floating nuclear power stations that could be transported to any part of the world in order to generate electricity.

The project has already been presented in Cape Verde by Russian company Rosenergoatom.

The designers of the project believe this could be an alternative for countries such as Cape Verde, which has a chronic lack of power and depend almost entirely on imported oil.

The Cape Verdean government meanwhile has requested a report from the International Atomic Agency (IAA) on setting up a mini nuclear plant on the island of Santiago, which is expected to operate from a ship.

The economy minister, José Brito, said that the Russian proposal was extremely attractive, but said that the Cape Verdean government preferred to have guarantees of safety in place first.

The proposal presented by Rosenergoatom would mean Cape Verde would not have to invest anything in the project, and would only need to buy the electricity produced at a much lower rate than it currently does, and atomic waste would be treated in Russia. (macauhub)