Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom will retain its construction plans for all foreign projects in 2020, despite difficulties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a recent statement from the company's head.
Rosatom's Director General Aleksey Likhachev during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the company would go ahead with its previous construction plans for this year even for large-scale projects, which he said are all on schedule.
The projects extend to 25 sites in 10 countries with facilities in place in a total of countries. However, the largest scope of construction work will take place in Turkey and Bangladesh this year, Likhachev said.
Likhachev said the construction volume this year would increase by 70% from 2019 when there were 216 projects costing 400 billion rubles.
"Despite the current difficulties, we have not cut back on our construction program, and we will do our best to complete the construction of the facilities as planned. You can see that the volume of our construction projects will almost double by 2023. This concerns projects both in Russia and abroad," he said.
By Firdevs Yuksel