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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minister: Nuclear Power to Double

Russia's nuclear power plants will double their output by 2015 and will account for 30 percent to 35 percent of the country's energy, a nuclear energy official said Tuesday.

Deputy Nuclear Power Minister Bulat Nigmatulin said much of the increase would come thanks to expansion of the Balakovo power plant in the Saratov region, Itar-Tass reported.

A fifth unit is to be commissioned in 2006 and a sixth in 2010. The two new units will have a capacity of 2 million kilowatts, the agency said. It quoted Dmitry Ayatskov, governor of the Saratov region, as saying the completion of the new units would require about 25 billion rubles ($830 million).

The nuclear industry has been in a slump since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Many of the reactors in use today are in need of repair and experience frequent minor malfunctions.