Russia to build nuclear reactor for Venezuela

November 17th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Maracaibo (Venezuela), Nov 17 (RIA Novosti) Russia will help Venezuela build its first nuclear reactor in the northwestern province of Zulia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.Chavez had announced Friday that Venezuela was in talks with Russia on nuclear energy cooperation, and the issue is likely to be discussed during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit later this month.

“A nuclear reactor, to produce energy for peaceful purposes, will soon be built in Estado Zulia and named in honour of the Venezuelan scientist of the last century Humberto Fernandez Moran,” Chavez told a gathering in Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia state.

“Brazil has several nuclear reactors, as does Argentina. We will also have our own reactor,” the president said.

Medvedev’s trip to Venezuela Nov 26 will be the first visit by a Russian president to the Latin American country.

Russian nuclear power plant constructor Atomstroyexport, established in 1998, has completed or is working on reactors in Iran, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, China and India.

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