On May 29th, Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) welcomed a delegation from “Electricite de France” (EDF), a visit building on the existing partnership between Rosenergoatom and EDF. Delegates were given the opportunity to acquaint themselves with current state of affairs at the Academy, ROSATOM’s hub for nuclear technology competency building supporting global expansion of VVER technology. The working visit included insight into existing models of cooperation between Rosatom Tech, the IAEA and European nuclear energy, European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN) and Vienna International Nuclear Competence Centre (VINCC), competency building methodologies, as well as a tour of Obninsk, the first Science City of Russia, site of the world’s first nuclear power plant (NPP) and more than a dozen other scientific institutions and enterprises related to nuclear technologies.
EDF representatives expressed interest in Rosatom Tech activities, especially considering the vital role the Academy plays in human capacity building in both the Russian nuclear energy sector and abroad. One of the potential lines of collaboration is the establishment of a single standard for assessment and certification of basic requirements for the operating personnel of an NPP. Such an agreement has the potential to significantly improve the overall training level of specialists and serve as catalyst for the refinement of the personnel training process for the safe and efficient operation of NPP’s.
Both parties agreed to continue building on the existing models of cooperation and continued support for the strategic agreements in place between the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.
This meeting continued the series of working visits to Rosatom Tech by French representatives. Last year the delegation from France including representatives from the Nuclear Energy Division of the CEA, International Institute of Nuclear Energy (I2EN) and France Nuclear International Agency visited Rosatom Tech to exchange the views and experience in developing training programmes dedicated to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Cooperation with French colleagues is a chance to build on the success of ROSATOM’s domestic and international projects involving innovative technologies and continuing to strengthen our partnerships with European colleagues in the field of human resource development (HRD). Rosatom Tech is an active partner in human capacity building for Finnish, Hungarian and ENEN-RU projects and cooperation with Tecnatom (Spain). Rosatom Tech has cooperated with ENEN since 2010 and has successfully implemented two ENEN-RU projects in conjunction with MEPhI.
Rosatom Tech sees these visits as an opportunity to facilitate development of European collaboration through international platforms to encourage a discussion regarding collaborative opportunities between the EU and Russia in the sphere of research and innovation.