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Officials from Russia, India and China confirmed on Monday their countries'
Officials from Russia, India and China confirmed on Monday their countries' interest in developing nuclear technology, including a fast neutron reactor.

Alexander Agapov, director of the nuclear and radiation security department at Russia's nuclear power corporation Rosatom, said at a nuclear energy conference in Beijing that Russia was planning "a gradual transition from 2020 to a new technological platform on the basis of fast neutron reactors with a closed fuel cycle."

Qin Sun, the deputy head of China's National Energy Administration, said China was set to install over 40 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear facilities by 2020, including through developing its own technology.

The China Daily said the country's 11 operating nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of about 9 GW currently met slightly over 1% of China's energy demand. Another eight nuclear power plants with 16 reactors of a total of over 10 GW is planned to be built in China in the next three years.

China is also developing a fast neutron reactor program in cooperation with Russia and is currently building an experimental reactor, CEFR, to be launched in 2010.

Anil Kakodkar, chief of India's Atomic Energy Commission, said India found small and medium-capacity reactors most suitable for its 17 nuclear power plants.


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