Rosatom Newsletter

#94

July 2015
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Lead Story
Rosatom strengthens ties with South Africa
Nuclear cooperation between Russia and South Africa gathers momentum. As new agreements were signed at the 7th BRICS summit in Ufa, Rosatom made yet another step towards winning a contract for the construction of a nuclear power plant in South Africa.
In Brief
Contribution to ITER
In 2014, Russia invested over RUB 889.5m in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. According to Rosatom, "the cash contribution to the ITER project amounted to RUB 889,526,800."
Zero Failure
Nuclear operators from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic and representatives of TVEL, the Russian developer and supplier of nuclear fuel, visited the Balakovo Nuclear Power Plant as part of the Zero Failure international nuclear safety project.
MEPhI scores points
The National Nuclear Research University (MEPhI) climbs up BRICS university rankings. According to QS University Rankings BRICS 2015, MEPhI moved up six positions to No. 51 in the Top 100 universities of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
Events
Spent nuclear fuel under control
Krasnoyarsk hosted an international IAEA seminar to discuss safety issues of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) management. Foreign industry experts say that unique SNF handling technologies developed by Russian engineers outperform their global counterparts.
Expansion
NPP as foundation
In late 2014, Rosatom and Hungary signed an agreement for the construction of new reactors at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant. The project laid a foundation for the long-standing partnership between the two countries to expand into absolutely new areas of technology and culture. In July, Russian and Hungarian experts held an event to share good engineering practices, and Rosatom organized an exhibition of a Hungarian artist.
Technology
Reactor vessel to serve 120 years
An extra-strong shell for the VVER-TOI reactor has been for the first time produced in Russia to increase the reactor vessel life up to 120 years.