Namibia , Russia discuss nuclear cooperation

Other News Materials 23 February 2007 17:44 (UTC +04:00)

( RIA Novosti ) - Namibia and Russia are discussing the possible use of Russian nuclear technology to make up for Namibia 's energy deficit, Namibia 's prime minister said Friday.

Namibia expects a reduction in energy supplies from South Africa in the next three years and forecasts an energy deficit of 300 megawatts.

"The Russian side said there are a number of available technologies, one of them being nuclear," Nahas Angula told journalists after a meeting with the Russian delegation.

Angula said the environmental and economic expediency of using nuclear technology in bilateral cooperation should be assessed, adding that Namibia produces uranium.

The Namibian premier said he discussed with Russia 's natural resources minister, Yury Trutnev, and nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko cooperation prospects.

Angula also said one of urgent problems was to help south African countries, including Namibia , satisfy their energy needs.

In January, Renova Group and Techsnabexport , Russia 's state-run nuclear exporter, signed a cooperation agreement to set up joint ventures as part of a joint investment project to prospect and develop uranium deposits in Africa and Asia .

Techsnabexport and Russia 's leading asset management company, headed by tycoon Viktor Vekselberg, plan to set up joint ventures in South Africa , Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the company said in a statement.