Writing in Nuclear Engineering International magazine, Ian Jackson looks at the advantages of building Russian nuclear power plants in the UK. With cheap finance and advanced technology, could Russia help solve Britain’s nuclear energy crisis? Russia is well positioned to successfully exploit changing circumstances and gain access into the UK nuclear market. Success depends on developing an effective engagement strategy, a roadmap of achievable goals and a real-world action plan, that understands the needs of the new UK government and better sells the capabilities of Russia. Britain needs to play its part too and build much stronger relationships with Russia, based on mutual trust and respect. When lecturing in Moscow for the first time, I experienced something unexpected; ordinary Russian people were wary of me as a Westerner. It was an uncomfortable realisation and disturbed me long after I had returned from Moscow. Diplomacy and dialogue are the solution to rebuilding trust. Britain and Russia are two great nuclear energy nations. We should be working more closely together.
Nuclear Engineering International, June 2017 read more »