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Russia joins the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Russia has become the 31st member of the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).Russia’s membership, which became effective yesterday, follows a formal exchange of letters between the OECD and Russia in May 2012. At that time, NEA director-general Luis Echávarri said: “This is a highly significant event. The Russian Federation is indeed a major player in the nuclear field, with plant construction and operation, fuel fabrication and research institutes of world renown; it is one of the few countries in the world exporting nuclear reactor technology.”

Russia has the fourth largest civilian nuclear programme in the world after the US, France and Japan, the NEA said. “Currently, around 18 percent of the country’s electricity is produced by 33 nuclear reactors. Russia is steadily moving towards an expanded role of nuclear energy, with 11 reactors under construction and plans for nearly doubling output by 2020.”

(Source: “Nuclear 24″)

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