On 5-7 September, the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM participated in the 43rd edition of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) Symposium in London. The Russian delegation comprised more than 50 representatives.
Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM and Chair of the Board of Management of the World Nuclear Association, addressed the delegates with an opening speech.
“The World Nuclear Association brings together the leaders of the nuclear community, and a growing number of states are embarking on nuclear power every year, opting for a reliable and environmentally friendly energy source”, Kirill Komarov said. “Together, we are doing our best to meet the WNA Harmony programme goals by 2050”, he added.
In its capacity as one of the key partners of the industry exhibition, which is traditionally organized as part of the symposium, ROSATOM presented its joint exposition featuring the cutting-edge Russian technologies in the field of nuclear energy and industry. Among other things, the innovative project Akademik Lomonosov was introduced, which is the world’s first and to date only floating power unit in a series of mobile transportable small-capacity power units.
Also within the event’s main program, Evgeny Pakermanov, President of JSC Rusatom Overseas, commented on the role of global partnerships in the nuclear power industry development. He stressed that the success of nuclear energy largely depends on enhanced cooperation between all players of the world nuclear market.
In addition, the participants noted the progress achieved by the nuclear industry since the previous WNA symposium last September. Over the past year, eight nuclear power units were connected to the grid – two in Russia and six in China. Official ceremonies of pouring the “first concrete” were held at five NPP construction sites – in Russia, India, Turkey and Bangladesh. The last day of the Symposium symbolically coincided with the signing of the Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant between Russia and Uzbekistan, giving all leaders of the world nuclear industry an opportunity to greet another country – the Republic of Uzbekistan – in the “nuclear states” club. The World Nuclear Association was founded in London in 2001 and now comprises 170 companies from 38 countries including France, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Korea, the USA and others.
The World Nuclear Association is the most representative organization whose members are manufactures and consumers of products and services of the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC), as well as engineering, reactor construction and transport companies operating in the nuclear industry. The WNA Board of Management sets forth the Association’s strategic goals and is also actively involved in the development of the Harmony programme, which has set a goal of supplying 25% of the world’s electricity by 2050.