July 18th, 2006 04:00 EST
China, Russia To Join Generation IV Nuclear Energy Forum
Washington -- China and Russia are expected to join the Generation IV
International Forum (GIF), a group of leading nuclear nations who are
working to develop more efficient and less waste-intensive advanced
reactors, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Nuclear
Energy Dennis Spurgeon announced July 13.
The GIF Policy Group voted unanimously to extend membership to China and
Russia, according to a July 13 DOE press release; their formal entry into
GIF will be finalized by November.
"We are pleased that China and Russia will bring their considerable
technical capabilities to the Generation IV International Forum as we work
globally to develop the next generation of nuclear power reactors," Spurgeon
China and Russia join the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France,
Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Switzerland, the
United Kingdom and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM), an
international organization composed of the members of the European Union, in
the forum chartered in 2001.
Senior GIF representatives participate in committees that coordinate
research activities required to develop the six next-generation nuclear
energy systems that GIF selected in its December 2002 Generation IV Roadmap.
On February 28, 2005, the U.S. secretary of energy joined representatives
from Canada, France, Japan and the United Kingdom in signing the first
multilateral agreement aimed at developing next-generation nuclear energy
The system concepts are a gas-cooled fast reactor, a lead-cooled fast
reactor, a molten salt reactor, a sodium-cooled fast reactor, a
supercritical water-cooled reactor, and a very-high-temperature reactor.
The GIF Policy Group also announced the selection of Jacques Bouchard of
France as its new chairman, succeeding the United States' Shane Johnson,
DOE's principal deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Bouchard
begins a three-year term at the next GIF Policy Group meeting in Paris this