(EnergyAsia, April 19 2016, Tuesday) — Russian nuclear energy provider Rosatom has announced the opening of a regional office in Beijing to serve the Chinese market.

Rosatom said the new office will enhance its collaboration with Chinese firms as well as develop opportunities for international expansion. The company has similar regional representative offices in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The operator of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province installed two Russian VVER-design units during the plant’s first phase in 2007 and are building another two in the current second phase, said Alexander Merten, President of Rosatom International Network.

“China has been traditionally among our key foreign partners. The office in Beijing will make it possible to join the efforts and improve efficiency of the nuclear enterprises in Eastern Asia,” he said in a statement released at the Nuclear Industry China 2016 event in Beijing last week.

Liu Qi, deputy general director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), and Sun Qin, chairman of the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), visited Rosatom’s booth the exhibition.