October 11, Amman – On October 10-11, 2017, Amman hosted the Arab Forum on the Prospects of Nuclear Power for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination.
The Forum brought together heads of energy ministries and authorities of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, as well as representatives of international, regional and national nuclear and renewable energy organisations and regulatory bodies, industry experts and leading industry players.
As part of the, Rusatom Overseas (part of Rosatom) Nuclear Projects Director and Vice-President Milos Mostecky spoke during the Forum’s main programme. Mostecky noted that nowadays the development of national programmes for peaceful uses of nuclear power is taking on a special significance due to nuclear being a source of clean and efficient power generation. ‘Rosatom is a leading player in the Middle East, with our unique integrated offer that is unparalleled in the world. We offer turnkey nuclear solutions that include supporting the partner country through all stages of its national nuclear programme development. By choosing Rosatom you get the whole package under one roof and a partnership for the entire NPP lifetime.’
Speaking at a session on small modular reactors, Rusatom Overseas Marketing Group Head Elena Pashina presented an overview of the company's innovative solutions in floating nuclear power units. ‘According to World Bank data, lack of access to a stable power source is one of the key obstacles to economic development in several MENA countries. Floating nuclear power units solve the problem of electric power supply to remote and isolated coastal areas (including regions with a poorly developed grid infrastructure), as well as to industrial customers. Floating nuclear power units are highly mobile, have no negative environmental impact, while producing electricity at highly competitive prices compared to diesel power generation, which is typically used in such regions,’ Pashina said. ‘The world’s first floating nuclear power plant project, the Akademik Lomonosov, is currently being constructed in Russia and is scheduled to become operational as soon as 2019.’
The Arab Forum is one of the region’s most significant energy forums that is held annually by the Arab Atomic Energy Agency. The Russian State Atomic Corporation Rosatom once again acted as a partner of the Forum, which was held for the fourth time in 2017.