Cambodia and Russia have started discussing
plans to construct a nuclear power plant in the Kingdom, as the
country’s energy demand soars.
A joint working group between Cambodia and
Russia held its first meeting in Phnom Penh recently to explore
the possibilities of using atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
The Russian ambassador to Cambodia, Dmitry
Tsvetkov, and representatives of the Russian state atomic
corporation Rosatom, were present at the meeting.
topic was long-term and short-team training of Cambodian
specialists in nuclear field.
In June 2016, MOUs
were signed between the Council for the Development of Cambodia
and Rosatom for the creation of a nuclear information center, and
the creation of a joint working group for the development of
nuclear energy in Cambodia.
The nuclear information
center will help Cambodians to learn more about nuclear
technologies and nuclear energy.
The minister of environment of Cambodia said,
“Cambodia needs to meet future energy demands and achieve energy
security while supporting global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions that cause climate change. For these reasons, our
government is exploring alternative energy sources, in particular
hydro, solar and biomass. We have also started to discuss the possibility of benefiting from nuclear energy in the longer
term. We are also interested in nuclear technology for its many
applications in healthcare, industry, agriculture, and other
sectors of the economy.”
Om Romny, director general of the Institute of
Technology of Cambodia said that the nuclear information center
will provide an opportunity for Cambodian students and researchers
to learn more about the benefits of nuclear power and its uses for
“Cambodia needs more technical experts in the
atomic sector and this joint cooperation with Russia will be a
good opportunity for more training to be done,” said Mr. Romny.
Asia is the main region in the world where
electricity generating capacity and specifically nuclear power is
growing significantly. In East through to South Asia there are 128
operable nuclear power reactors, 40 under construction and firm
plans to build a further 90.
The greatest growth in nuclear
generation is expected in China, South Korea and India. Overall,
over 45 countries are actively considering embarking upon nuclear
power programs. These range from sophisticated economies to
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