Russia keen on building a nuclear plant in Sri Lanka

2020-02-12 at 13:35

Russia says it has drawn attention to building a nuclear power plant in Sri Lanka in future, to help support the country’s growing energy demand.

In an interview with Sputnik News Russian Ambassador to Colombo Yury Materiy said the use of nuclear energy is possible only in a long-term perspective, since the Sri Lankan government favours pollution-free energy and aims at gradually replacing coal and oil with gas and alternative energy sources.

He said “The NPP would the final result of the intergovernmental cooperation on the peaceful atom. Considering the shown interest and Sri Lanka’s progressive economical development, the energy consumption is increasing significantly. In this context, the idea to build an NPP may well be discussed and may be implemented in the long-term perspective”.

The Russian Ambassador recalled that Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom and relevant Sri Lankan bodies held in 2017 their first consultations on the Russia-initiated intergovernmental agreement on cooperating on the peaceful use of the nuclear energy.