International News

Representatives of ROSATOM companies participated at the International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning (ICOND) in Germany
25 November 2016

The International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning (ICOND) was held November 21-24, 2016 in the city of Aachen (Germany), organized by the Aachen Institute for Nuclear Training, the Association for Technical Supervision “Rhineland Industrial services” (TUV Rheinland) and the Belgian company Technubel.

The event brought together more than 290 representatives of the nuclear industry, energy companies, technical supervision government departments and the ministries, as well as research institutes from all around the world. From the side of the State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom, the event was attended by representatives of “Pilot and Demonstration Center for Decommissioning of Uranium-Graphite Nuclear Reactors” JSC (“PDC UGR” JSC) and the NUKEM Technologies company (a subsidiary of JSC “Atomstroyexport”), which specializes in providing services in the field of management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, as well as the decommissioning of the radiation facilities. Click here to read more

ROSATOM Took Part in UNFCCC COP22 Conference on climate change
21 November 2016

Side event of Russian Federation “Low-carbon development of Russia: challenges and opportunities” took place at UNFCCC COP22 Conference on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco on November 17.
Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation on climate changes issues Alexander Bedritsky, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and top-managers of the leading Russian businesses including representatives from ROSATOM, RUSNANO and RUSAL discussed Russia’s policy in combating climate change and contribution of modern Russian technologies to the development of low-carbon energy sector. Click here to read more

Russia loads REMIX fuel into MIR research reactor
10 November 2016

Russia has started testing its new type of nuclear fuel, REMIX, at the MIR research reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, which is in the Ulyanovsk region. Development of REMIX (from Regenerated Mixture) fuel is part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom’s strategy to enable better use of recycled uranium and plutonium on an industrial scale in pressurized water reactors.
ROSATOM said on 3 November that REMIX fuel rods manufactured in July had been “immersed in the active zone” of MIR. A loop-type research reactor, MIR is designed mainly for testing fuel elements, fuel assemblies and other core components of different types of operating and promising nuclear power reactors. Click here to read more

China and Russia agreed on the strategic cooperation development in peaceful uses of atomic energy
8 November 2016

A statement of Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, on the development of the strategic cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy was adopted at the meeting of the Heads of the Governments.
The document includes the declaration of the Heads of the Governments on the expansion of cooperation in the nuclear sector based on the principles of the balance of interests and mutual benefits, while its purpose being to support ROSATOM’s large-scale projects in China. Click here to read more

ROSATOM won 10 medals at WorldSkills Hi-Tech 2016
7 November 2016

The national team of ROSATOM won 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal at the world skills championship WorldSkills Hi-Tech 2016, which was completed on November 3 in Yekaterinburg.
This year, ROSATOM expanded the number of competences up to 10 from 8 and won the medal place in each of them to be the leader in the team scoring. The teams sent to the championship 103 people who included key staff and reserve, as well as tutors. Twenty three sectoral experts were invited; they have related certificates to the WorldSkills. They were invited by the championship organizers, WordSkills Russia Union, to judge as independent experts. Click here to read more

Beloyarsk NPP Unit 4 was awarded 2016 Top Plant by the oldest American POWER magazine
2 November 2016

One of the most influential international and authoritative international magazine for the generation industry, POWER magazine announced winners of the annual POWER awards. The 4th unit of Beloyarsk NPP with fast neutron reactor BN 800 was awarded 2016 Top Plant in the nuclear generation category. Among winning attributes are it’s multiple usability purposes including power generation, plutonium consumption, processing of
long-lived supertransuranics accumulated in the radwastes of reactors of any type, and production of isotopes. The jury noted also the essential role in Russia’s plans to close the nuclear fuel cycle, increase production of nuclear fuel, expand its nuclear power fleet, and reduce nuclear waste. Click here for more

ROSATOM disavowed American media publications on termination of EUP deliveries to the United States
31 October 2016

In connection with the American media on-line publications concerning the alleged preparation – as a measure to counter anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the United States – of restrictions on Uranium products deliveries to the US utilities, Rosatom State Corporation states with full responsibility that the Russian side considers no measures restricting Uranium products deliveries to the American market. Commercial cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy is based on long-term contracts subject to strict implementation.

“ROSATOM company JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), the leading exporter of Uranium products, operating over forty years on the global market, has been impeccably fulfilling its obligations even throughout the uneasy periods in Russia-US relations. A vivid example to it is successful implementation of the highly sophisticated HEU Agreement, – noted Kyrill Komarov, ROSATOM’s First Deputy General Director for Development and International Business. – Today we have no reasons to put in doubt the reliability of Russian deliveries”, – he emphasized. Click here to read more


Groundbreaking Fast Neutron Reactor reaches full power

12 September

On August 17, unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia started operating at full power for the first time. The 800MWe BN-800 unit is fuelled by a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides which produce new fuel material as it burns. The reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year.

Plant operator Rosenergoatom says, “We will now begin comprehensive testing of the unit at its rated capacity. This is the final stage of major preparation before the unit is ready to deliver power in commercial operation.”

The company added, “During the 15 days of comprehensive testing the unit will have to perform consistently at its rated power load in accordance with the design parameters, without deviation.” Click here to read more

Russian group is first with new-generation nuclear reactor
19 August

Russian State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom has announced that it has started operational trials with the world’s first Generation III nuclear reactor. This is the group’s VVER-1200 (AES-2006), designed and developed by its subsidiary, OKB Gidropress. It puts the Russian group ahead of its rivals in the worldwide nuclear market.

“Rosatom is the world’s largest supplier of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the global market,” highlighted NIAEP President Valery Limarenko. (NIAEP is the power engineering and construction arm of Rosatom.) “Today, we have made our position stronger. This opens new opportunities for building up our presence in the global market.” Click here to read more

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant project, Russia
15 August

The project entails the construction of the first Floating Nuclear Power Plant (FNNP) – Akademik Lomonosov – with a capacity of more than 70 MW.
The plant will begin its operation in the most northern part of Russia, but can be operated anywhere in the world.

The FNPP is a mobile power unit, providing energy generation where and when it is needed.
Its construction is based on Rosatom’s icebreaker power units that operate in the Arctic, but unlike them, the unit is not self-propelled and has to be hauled on water to its destination point. Click here to read more

Rosatom Africa Contributes To The Celebration Of Mandela Day In South Africa
18 July

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Rosatom Africa contributed to the celebration of Mandela Day in South Africa, which was conducted under the motto: ‘Give your time to those in need and through your personal input make this country better.’ Together with the South African Youth Nuclear Professional Society (SAYNPS) they repaired two educational labs in Bothabelo school in one of the poorest townships of the North Western province of South Africa.

Rosatom helped renovate the labs and purchased equipment (microscopes, Benza burners, desks and chairs, test tubes, educational posters, etc.), which will be used by the students of 10-12 grades who study physics, chemistry and biology. Click here to read more

Fuel Company of Rosatom TVEL and Global Nuclear Fuel Sign Agreement to License and Supply TVS-K Fuel in U.S.
26 May 2016

Fuel Company of Rosatom TVEL and Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas (GNF-A, a subsidiary of GE Hitachi) signed an agreement to work together toward the licensing, marketing and fabrication of fuel for U.S. customers operating Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). Under the agreement, TVEL and GNF-A will form a strategic alliance with the purpose of introducing lead use assemblies (LUAs) of the Russian TVS-K fuel design in the U.S. and seeking licensing approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to supply the fuel in reload quantities.
Within the alliance GNF-A will provide U.S.-based project management, licensing, quality assurance and engineering services while TVEL will provide TVS-K design expertise, engineering support and initial fabrication of lead use assemblies. Subsequent FAs are planned to be jointly produced at GNF-A’s Wilmington N.C. facility.
“Being one of the leaders in the world nuclear fuel market, TVEL Fuel Company used its wide range of proven engineering solutions for VVER fuel manufacturing to develop its own fuel design for Pressurized Water Reactors. This fuel is unique as its design and technology ‘genetics’ as well as cladding alloy differ from other alternatives. This will provide additional diversification of fuel supplies to PWRs,” said Oleg Grigoryev, Vice President, TVEL. “We have already introduced our TVS-K fuel in Europe, and the first results leave no room for doubt in its reliability, safety and high economic performance. We are glad to have aligned with such a globally renowned company as GNF-A to promote our fuel in the U.S. market. We feel confident of success of this project that will bring enhanced competition in the U.S. PWR fuel market,” concluded Mr. Grigoryev.
“U.S. Pressurized Water Reactor operators are looking for additional competition and choice,” said Lance Hall, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Fuels and Services, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH). “We are in discussion with several customers regarding lead use assemblies and how this alliance will bring increased choice to the industry.”
The TVS-K is a 17×17-lattice PWR nuclear fuel assembly developed by TVEL for operation in Westinghouse-designed 3- and 4-loop PWRs. There are currently 35 of these reactors operating in the U.S. The TVS-K design is based on a proven track record and many years of experience in development, manufacturing and operation of nuclear fuel in VVER-1000 reactors. TVEL supplies nuclear fuel to 78 power reactors in 14 countries, research reactors in 9 countries and nuclear-powered ships.
The alliance agreement expands on GEH’s recent entry into the PWR services market. Last fall, GEH successfully supported its first PWR services outage, in partnership with Exelon Generation, at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York. The outage was completed under budget and ahead of schedule with no safety-related or human performance issues.
About TVEL JSC
TVEL JSC – nuclear fuel company of Rosatom – develops, manufactures and supplies nuclear fuel that meets the most stringent international reliability and safety requirements to both Russian and foreign nuclear power plants as well as research reactors and marine nuclear steam generating plants. TVEL is a major supplier of enrichment and conversion services in the world.
TVEL was established in 1996 to improve the management of nuclear fuel cycle enterprises and it consolidates conversion, enrichment and fabrication facilities, gaseous centrifuges development and production plants as well as specialized R&D centers. This allows TVEL to offer its customers package proposals on all front-end stages of NFC.
About GNF
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) is a world-leading supplier of boiling water reactor fuel, including uranium dioxide and MOX fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C., and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co. Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.
About GEH
Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

Deputy CEO of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held February 17 negotiations with an IAEA delegation led by Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Varjoranta.
18 February 2016

They discussed practical aspects of the cooperation of Russia and the IAEA in the safeguards on the whole and issues of the safeguards application to the International Uranium Enrichment Center (IUEC) in Angarsk. Special attention was paid to the Russian safeguards support program (RSSP), which is an efficient tool for training of the staff and testing mechanisms for safeguards activities.Click here to read more

Deputy CEO of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held annual scheduled consultations with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
10 February 2016

On the 9th of February, 2016 Deputy CEO for International Affairs of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy held annual scheduled consultations with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

Also, separate meeting were held with the IAEA deputy director generals for nuclear power, human resources, sciences and applications, and nuclear safety and security. On the Russian side the meetings were attended by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov and Deputy Chairman of Rostechnadzor Alexei Ferapontov. Click here to read more

Beloyarsk NPP: the first power program completed at the power unit with BN-800 reactor
10 February 2016

On the 9th of February, 2016 Unit 4 of Beloyarsk nuclear power plant with BN-800 reactor completed all tests under the first power program. The integral tests were successfully completed for the reactor unit operation at 50% power during 72 hours. All design criteria of the unit operation were confirmed by test results. The reactor unit continues operating at this power level.
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Rusatom Service and Power Machines signed a contract for supply of equipment for Tianwan NPP
03 February 2016

Rusatom Service and Power Machines signed February 1, 2016 a contract for supply of four sets of turbine blades for Unit 2 of Tianwan NPP (China).

Under the contract terms, Power Machines will manufacture and supply to Tianwan NPP four sets of the fifth stage working blades. The work is due in 2020, with the contract does not exclude early supply of the equipment.
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ROSATOM presented leading nuclear technologies at The Nuclear Industry Summit Latin America 2016
27 January 2016

On January 26-27 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) held the Nuclear Industry Summit Latin America 2016. The event was held for the first time and brought together the heads of leading companies and institutions of the nuclear industry in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and other countries in the region.

The event was held for the first time and brought together the heads of the leading companies and institutions of the nuclear industry from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and other countries of the region. The Summit’s program was devoted to the discussion of safety issues, financing, localization, licensing and other areas of the development of the nuclear power in the region.

The company Rosatom Latin America acted as a partner of the Summit, where presented cutting-edge nuclear technologies and solutions for both energy and non-energy projects. Dmitry Bazhenov, the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Rosatom Overseas Inc. in his speech noted that “being a vertically integrated company we suggest the complete solutions: from NPP construction and infrastructure development until flexible financing solutions, exchange of technical knowledge and increase of public acceptability of nuclear power. It is unique for the world nuclear market offer and can be configured for the customer and includes the possibility of providing any services in the field of the nuclear industry from A to Z” – the speaker said. Click here to read more

ROSATOM presented its technologies and products at Nuclear Power Asia 2016 in Jakarta
22 January 2016

The plenary session of the 7th Nuclear Power Asia 2016 conference, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 20-21, brought together the leaders of the Asian nuclear power industry. It included Dr. Djarot Wisnubroto, Chairman of the National Nuclear Energy of Indonesia (BATAN), Dr. Mohd Zamzam Bin Jaafar, CEO of Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, Lakshitha Jawardhana, Chairman of Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board (SLAEB), and Egor Simonov, Director of ROSATOM Asia, a regional office of ROSATOM Corporation for Southeast Asia.

Session participants concurred that in order to keep the current industrial growth Asian countries, particularly ASEAN countries, need to diversify their energy mix and consider nuclear power plants as an economically and environmentally viable source of baseboard electricity generation. “Among prerequisites of the regional nuclear industry development is a contradiction: on the one hand, electricity demand is growing significantly, on the other hand, governments keep introducing tougher emissions standards”, said Egor Simonov. He gave the example of Indonesia, which aims at reducing CO2 Emission by 30% by 2030 while adding 35 GW generation as early as 2019. Click here to read more

Digging of Foundation Pit for Hanhikivi 1 NPP (Finland) Begin
20 January 2016

On January 19, a special ceremony marked the beginning of works to dig a foundation pit at the construction site of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, Finland.

The Russian party was represented by Kirill Komarov, First Deputy CEO for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM; Nikita Konstantinov, CEO of JSC Rusatom Energy International; Anastasia Zoteeva, Deputy Director General for Business Development of JSC Rusatom Energy International; Vadim Ryabov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RAOS Project Oy; and Grigory Naginsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC TITAN-2. Finland was represented by Minna Forsström, Project Director at Fennovoima, and Matti Soronen, Mayor of the Municipality of Pyhäjoki.

The ceremony included detonation of the rock and placement of the memorial stone. After the ceremony at the construction site, the managers of participating companies visited the new Pyhäjoki office of RAOS Project Oy, the general contractor carrying out the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant project. Click here to read more

Fuel Company of ROSATOM “TVEL” and National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia signed Memorandum of Understanding
14 December 2016

On December 14, 2015 Russian fuel company of ROSATOM “TVEL” and the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The signing ceremony took place at the past workshop in Jakarta titled “Modern Technologies & Solutions of the Russian Nuclear Industry” and organized by ROSATOM International Network (a ROSATOM corporation subsidiary) in cooperation with BATAN.

The MoU aims at creating the framework for the development of Russian-Indonesian cooperation in the field of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC).

“We highly appreciate the interest of Indonesia to the development of cooperation with Russia in nuclear technologies domain. Fuel company of ROSATOM is ready to offer Indonesian partners the modern and safe solutions in NFC field, as well as to develop mutually beneficial cooperation based on the rich experience gained during decades of our work”, said the representative of JSC “TVEL”.

According to a representative of BATAN, this document provides a solid basis for the implementation of joint projects in NFC field.Click here to read more

ROSATOM and National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) held a workshop on modern nuclear technologies
14 December 2015

On December 14 ROSATOM and the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) held in Jakarta a workshop “Modern Technologies & Solutions Of The Russian Nuclear Industry”. Rosatom International Network, a subsidiary of ROSATOM, organized the event.

The event was opened by the Chairman of the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) Dr. Djarot Wisnubroto, who highly appreciated the progress, which has been achieved during this year in the development of cooperation between Russia and Indonesia in the field of of nuclear energy peaceful uses. “We highly appreciate our cooperation with ROSATOM. Russian technologies have already made a significant contribution to the development of the Indonesian nuclear industry. Our country is in need of modern, but at the same time proven technologies to ensure its sustainable development. I am convinced that Indonesia will soon take a path of nuclear energy program”, said Dr. Wisnubroto.

On behalf of ROSATOM in his welcoming speech Kirill Komarov, First Deputy CEO for Corporate Development & International Business of ROSATOM also noted the success of the Russian-Indonesian cooperation in various areas of application of nuclear technologies, and highlighted the viability of the commercial nuclear power development in Indonesia in case of the respective political decision on the nuclear power plants construction in the country. “Indonesia is the largest ASEAN economy and in order to preserve its leading positions, the country certainly needs the affordable and reliable source of base generation. Considering the government’s plans for the commissioning of 35 MW of new power capacity, development of nuclear energy can not only be an important part of this ambitious program, but can also make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Indonesia”, K. Komarov noted. Click here to read more