Rosatom and its subsidiaries signed four agreements on cooperation and one commercial contract during the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris.
MoU on Innovation Development
Director General of Rosatom Alexey Likhachev and Chairman and CEO of EDF Group Jean-Bernard Levy signed a memorandum of understanding on the Development of Innovative Cooperation.
There are five areas of cooperation listed in the document. They include the development of additive technologies, energy storage, digitalization and modelling, cooperation on fast neutron reactors operation.
The MoU is aimed to support interaction between the parties in conducting R&D to “develop innovative products and solutions for the benefit of the competitiveness and safety of nuclear power plant and to promote them on the global market”.
“Today we’ve made another important step toward developing the scientific potential of our countries. That will allow to move not only our companies, but the whole nuclear industry forward,” Alexey Likhachev said.
MoU on Water Treatment
Rusatom Smart Utilities (JSC “ITPC”, a division of Rosatom) and SUEZ company signed a Memorandum of understanding in the field of water desalination, water treatment and waste water treatment.
The parties agreed to work jointly on fresh water supply projects and water projects in the crude oil and gas industry. Cooperation will include manufacturing and supply of equipment, components and assemblies of desalination plants, as well as water treatment and waste water treatment systems supply.
“Rosatom has unique experience in the field of nuclear desalination, as well as the high-tech production base and the rich experience in creating world-class engineering facilities. Together with such a serious leader in the field of water technologies as SUEZ, we will be able to achieve a synergistic effect, which in the end will give both companies new opportunities in the world water market, will allow to acquire new market segments”, Kirill Komarov, First Deputy General Director for Corporate Development and International Business of Rosatom noted.
About Rusatom Smart Utilities
Rusatom Smart Utilities, a trademark of JSC “Integrated Thermal Power Company” (ITPC), is a Rosatom company responsible for promotion, marketing and sales of “Clean Water” and “Smart City” projects. “Clean Water” includes seawater desalination, water treatment and water purification, while “Smart City” includes solutions for renovation and digital upgrade of city services and utilities. ITPC also manages electric power and heat generation thermal plants in five cities in Russia.
With 90,000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. The Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of 15.9 billion euros in 2017.
MoU on Digital Platform Development
ASE (Rosatom Engineering division) and Bureau Veritas signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the establishment of the strategic partnership for the development of a digital platform to enhance the efficiency of regulatory Oversight of Nuclear Power Plant and other industrial facilities.
Both companies have already developed digital platforms based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The parties hope this fact will facilitate their cooperation.
ASE and Bureau Veritas will develop a digital platform for all the phases of a nuclear power plant life cycle.
“Digital interaction with inspection and supervisory bodies within the unified digital platform will significantly improve the transparency, speed and efficiency of certification and licensing processes. The integration of our efforts will allow us to create the innovative technologies to ensure efficient and reliable operation of the NPPs in the world market,” says Ivan Borisov, ASE’s Senior Vice President Business Development.
ASE (Engineering division of Rosatom) one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering and holds 30% of the global NPP construction market. ASE has representative offices, branch offices and operational offices in 15 countries around the world, with almost 80% of its portfolio coming from the projects abroad. ASE company develops and implements an innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering objects construction which allows more efficient budget, time frame and quality management.
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has around 75,000 employees located in more than 1,400 offices and laboratories around the globe.
Rosatom joined NQSA
The agreement on acceding the Nuclear Quality Standard Association was signed by Rosatom First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business, Kirill Komarov, the President of NQSA Thierry Zumbihl and the General Secretary of NQSA Laurent Kueny.
Joining the Association as a full member, Rosatom got the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of global nuclear quality standards.
“Accession to NQSA proves that Russian experience of quality control in the nuclear industry is in global demand. The state corporation gets an opportunity to influence the setting of common industry standards and requirements”, – Kirill Komarov said.
Nuclear Quality Standard Association (NQSA) is a nonprofit association jointly launched by Areva and Bureau Veritas in January 2011. Open to all major nuclear utilities, nuclear engineers and manufacturers, NQSA promotes the application of the NSQ-100 standard, and sets a nuclear oriented supplier evaluation process.
Contract for Research
The Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) and EDF signed a contract for irradiation and research of zirconium alloys. Under the terms of the document experimental samples will be irradiated in Russia’s BOR-60 fast research reactor. Post-irradiation analysis will be carried out by NIIAR specialists. The purpose of the experiments is to identify the thermal stability of radiation and deformation defects in model zirconium alloys. The contract term is five years.
NIIAR is a nuclear R&D center. It is a part of Rosatom’s science division. The Institute operates the majority of Russia’s high-flux research reactors: MIR, SM, BOR-60, VK-50, RBT-6 and RBT-10/2. NIIAR also holds the first place in the amount of isotope production in Russia.
About EDF Group
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all businesses: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 95% of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions.