Nuclear medicine. Moscow hosted the first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Nuclear Medicine. The group was established at the 15th BRICS Summit in 2023 to include leading experts in nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceuticals. They discussed the development of nuclear medicine in the BRICS countries and approaches to a more effective cooperation towards the common goal of improving the quality and longevity of human life. The International BRICS Expert Forum on Nuclear Medicine will take place in Saint Petersburg this June. Held last year for the first time, the forum brought together more than 200 experts from Russia, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa.
Akkuyu NPP. Unit 1 of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant is over 90% complete. This was announced by Rosatom’s chief Alexey Likhachev during his visit to the site. “All the nuclear island equipment has been assembled. Work is underway in the turbine hall to install a stator, a centerpiece of the power generating system and the heaviest part of the nuclear plant equipment. The reactor can be compared to the heart that pumps blood through the plant’s body. The blood feeds the muscles, a turbine and a generator. These muscles will produce up to 10% of total electricity in such a big country as Turkey,” Rosatom Director General said. Right before his visit to the site, the workers completed a sophisticated task of pre-installing the stator of the turbine generator. Meanwhile, the first next-generation cask, which is used for the transportation and storage of nuclear fuel after it is extracted from the spent fuel pool, was shipped from Russia to Turkey.
Fuel. The Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (a subsidiary of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) signed contract documents to ship components of low-enriched nuclear fuel for Egypt’s second experimental training research reactor (ETRR-2). The shipments of fuel components are governed by a long-term agreement. They include low-enriched uranium and parts made of aluminum alloys and aluminum powder. The next shipment is scheduled for 2024. The prior delivery was made earlier this year. ETRR-2 installed in Egypt’s Nuclear Research Center in Inshas is used to carry out research in particle physics and material science and produce radioisotopes.