Russian, U.S. experts to conduct joint stress tests at nuclear plants

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Moscow and Washington have agreed to conduct joint stress tests at the nuclear power plants in both countries following a recent nuclear disaster in Japan, the head of Russia’s state nuclear energy cooperation said on Thursday.

“We agreed yesterday to cooperate in this field,” Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko said during a meeting with U.S. businessmen and journalists in Washington. “Experts and specialists from both countries will conduct the joint tests.”

The Rosatom chief said that as leaders of the global nuclear market, Russia and the United States are “responsible not only for the troubling issues in our countries, but for developing solutions for the global atomic energy sector.”

Earlier on Thursday Kiriyenko announced the start of a Russian-U.S. joint project to construct a uranium enrichment facility in the United States.

During Kiriyenko’s visit, Russian state-controlled nuclear equipment exporter Techsnabexport (Tenex), fully owned by Rosatom, signed a $2.8 billion 10-year deal with the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC) to supply low-enriched uranium. Under the deal, Russia will supply USEC with 21 million separate work units over a period of 10 years starting from 2013.