April 16, 2019 – On the sidelines of the XI International Forum ATOMEXPO-2019, Joint-Stock Company Rusatom Automated Control Systems (JSC RASU) and DEF ENERGIE ET ENVIRONNEMENT (France) signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the area of development and life cycle support of fire protection instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants.
The document was signed by Mr. Andrey Butko, Chief Executive Officer, JSC RASU, and Mr. Jerome Flick, an authorized representative of DEF ENERGIE ET ENVIRONNEMENT. The Memorandum secures the intention of the parties to consider the joint participation in Paks II NPP (Hungary) and Akkuyu NPP (Turkey) construction projects in terms of FP I&C, and the readiness to prepare a partnership agreement (to be signed later).
Within the agreements reached, the parties are planning to establish a permanent working group (with monthly meetings) in order to assess and select joint projects. Moreover, the delegation of JSC RASU will visit the factory and the headquarters of the French partner in the end of May this year, and discuss the details of cooperation there.
“Collaboration with such a well-known partner as DEF, a long-established company in the international market of fire safety systems, gives us a strong partner for implementation of the overseas projects of Rosatom. Together we will be able to offer high-quality products in due time under a challenging licensing and qualification framework imposed by national regulatory bodies of the countries where NPPs are built,” Andrey Butko said.
“In relation with our continuous development on international nuclear projects, we are very glad to move forward in our collaboration with RASU and in our approach to VVER reactor technology. We believe that this cooperation will help to better understand the specificities of the technology and requirements for the fire protection and, in the end, deliver reliable solutions to ensure the safety and long-term operation of the projects. Considering the potential and appreciation of Rosatom reactors around the world, having an experienced and valuable partner such as RASU by our side is a real chance.” Jerome Flick noted.
JSC Rusatom Automated Control Systems (JSC RASU) is part of Rosatom State Corporation. The company is the integrator of I&C and Electrical Engineering businesses. It accumulates the long-term experience of Rosatom’s enterprises in development of automated control systems and comprehensive electrical engineering solutions. Due to the application of in-house information systems and computer-aided design (CAD) systems, the company continuously improves its performance in I&C operation and maintenance, and automated processes make it possible to reduce the duration of works and improve their quality. RASU performs the full scope of activities, from engineering and design to delivery and commissioning of I&C systems and equipment, at electric power facilities inside and outside Russia.
DEF ENERGIE ET ENVIRONNEMENT is part of the DEF Group, a network of fire safety expert companies, and a leading European manufacturer of fire safety systems for nuclear applications. The company has been designing, manufacturing and delivering fire detection and fire suppression systems since 1958. Over the years, DEF has developed a specific expertise for the nuclear market, covering research reactors, nuclear power plant and fuel cycle projects in several locations around the world.
ATOMEXPO international forum is the main event in the global nuclear industry. This is a major expo and business event, a place where the current state of the industry is discussed and trends for the future are set. The annual forum was first held in 2009. Among the participants, there are top managers of the key players of the global nuclear market – businesses, governmental bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, leading experts.