Middle Eastern countries are considering purchase of floating nuclear power plants (NPP) of Russian make that were developed for sea water desalination, a top Russian government official said on Wednesday.

“Arab countries are more and more interested in buying these floating nuclear power plants from us in terms of sea water desalination, rather than from the standpoint of electric power generation,” Sergei Ivanov, Russian special presidential representative for Environment Protection, Ecology and Transport was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS , which cited Rossiya 24 TV Channel .

Russia is the world’s only country producing floating NPP aimed not merely at resolution of environmental problems but also at sea water desalination, Ivanov added (LINK).