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U.K. Sees Russian Involvement in Nuclear Program ‘Long Way Off’

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. is encouraging Russia’s Rosatom to work with British companies in third countries, Energy Minister Michael Fallon tells reporters. * “Companies like Rolls-Royce now are forming partnerships with Rosatom to compete for some of the new projects that are becoming available in Czech, Hungary, Turkey and elsewhere,” Fallon says in Vilnius, Lithuania * To enter U.K. civil nuclear program, Rosatom must “become familiar with the very high standards of nuclear regulation that we have in the U.K.,” Fallon tells reporters * “We’re a long way off from any Russian participation in our program at the moment:” Fallon * Nuclear deal with Electricite de France “has to be state-aid compliant, pre-notified on elements of the deal structure, but obviously the final result will still require agreement from Brussels:” Fallon * NOTE: Russia Targets U.K. Nuclear Sector With Rosatom, Mail on Sunday says; link to story: NSN MOHS5E6JIJUO<GO> * NOTE: EDF Nuclear Deal With U.K. Would Be Reviewed by EU, Almunia Says; link to story: NSN MT2Q4Y6K50XW <GO>

To contact the reporter on this story: Bryan Bradley in Vilnius at bbradley13@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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