Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, yesterday signed a series of agreements with overseas companies during the Atomexpo conference and exhibition being held this week in Sochi, Russia. The agreements, with Chile, China, Cuba, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain and Zambia, include the engineering and medical sectors, among others.
Rosatom and Chile’s Atomic Energy Commission have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of education and personnel training for Chile’s nuclear energy industry, while Rusatom Automated Control Systems, a Rosatom subsidiary, and China Techenergy, a division of China General Nuclear Power Corp, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation covering projects in Russia, China and third countries.
Rosatom and Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Strategic Partnership on the development and use of irradiation technologies. Areas of cooperation include a project to develop a multi-purpose training centre based on a gamma-radiation facility in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone.
Rusatom Service has signed a trilateral MoU on cooperation in the field of nuclear infrastructure and personnel training with JSC VPO ZAES and DEKRA Finland Oy, and another with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Saanio&Riekkola Oy. Rusatom Service provides services for the maintenance and repair of nuclear power plants that operate VVER-type reactors outside Russia.
An MoU signed between the Rusatom International Network and the Association of the Hungarian Atomic Forum concerns the Paks II nuclear power plant construction project in Hungary. It aims to strengthen Russian-Hungarian relations through the exchange of information and cooperation in sourcing local expertise for the Paks II project.
Rusatom Healthcare and Shar Parto Iranian have signed an agreement to create a network of irradiation centres in Iran. The facilities, equipped with electron accelerators and gamma ray units, will be used to provide commercial services to sterilize pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical products, as well as food products.
Rosatom’s engineering division, Atomenergomash, has signed an MoU with the Italian mechanical engineering and critical process equipment manufacturing company Belleli Energy CPE. The document covers the engineering, manufacturing and supply of critical process equipment primarily for oil and gas markets in Russia and abroad.
Science and Innovations, another Rosatom subsidiary, and the National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan have signed a memorandum on scientific and technical cooperation, including improving the safety of nuclear reactors, creating and improving the characteristics of reactor fuel, testing of fuel for research reactors, and the exchange of scientific and technical information.
Rosatom MENA, Rosatom’s regional centre for the Middle East and North Africa, and Saudi Arabia-based Sumou Holding Company have signed an MoU covering the infrastructure security systems, construction, isotope and wind turbine sectors in Saudi Arabia.
Rusatom International Network and IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture of Spain have signed an MoU on expanding their collaboration in the maintenance and modernisation of nuclear power plants, as well as the service and construction of nuclear research facilities, nuclear fuel cycle at back-end stage, decommissioning, and the supply of Rosatom equipment for nuclear and thermal power plants.
Rosatom and the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electric Power of Sudan have signed a Memorandum on Cooperation in nuclear personnel training and an agreement on fostering positive public opinion towards nuclear energy in Sudan.
Rosatom and the Serbian government have signed a document on the principles of Russian-Serbian cooperation in the field of innovation and technological development with the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Rosatom and Zambia have signed a general contract for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology aimed at ensuring a wide application of radiation technologies in medicine, industry and agriculture.
Source: World Nuclear News