An independent analysis shows no less than $90 bn of Russian state money is being infused for purposes of gaining political influence into the Russian state nuclear corporation’s questionable reactor projects abroad—and this amount may rise by a third yet. The Russian environmental group Ecodefense today published its second independent report on planned and ongoing construction of Russian-designed nuclear power plants in foreign countries. The report, Russian Reactor Export: 2020, is prefaced with searing criticism of Rosatom’s activities by the former Russian deputy energy minister Vladimir Milov. Rosatom claims it is building 36 reactors around the world and that the total value of its foreign nuclear orders exceeds $130 bn. A close study of the information available on Rosatom’s projects reveals, however, that as of May 2020, Rosatom only had contracts for 21 new reactors abroad. Additionally, Rosatom is participating in the construction of four nuclear reactors in China, but the much lesser value of those deals—compared to the average reactor construction contracts Rosatom has already secured or expects to land—indicates the corporation’s role there is that of equipment supplier rather than primary builder. And even with the Chinese reactors factored in, Rosatom has 30 percent fewer actual foreign reactor orders than its officially stated 36-unit portfolio.
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