On September 25th, 2012 the delegation from Nuclear Energy Agency of Mongolia and National University of Mongolia visited CICE&T. The delegation was led by Mr. Baatar Batgerel who is an Acting leader of Nuclear Technology Innovation Division (NEA of Mongolia). The visit was focused on studying Russian experience, discussing possibilities of training courses and educational programmes exchange and expanding cooperation in the field of personnel training for nuclear industry. The CICE&T side was represented by the specialists of the International Center for Personnel Training and Educational & Methodological Center “Technical Training Tools”.
The participants from Mongolia presented a brief overview of the Nuclear Energy Agency and National University activities. Russian delegation presented the information about national nuclear technologies, particular features of NPP personnel training in Russia and e-learing platform available in CICE&T.
Both parties expressed an interest in cooperation within the following fields: training of the faculty members of Mongolian National University in nuclear technology particularly in uranium mining technologies and remediation of uranium production legacy sites, training in energy planning with the use of the IAEA tools with practical cases focusing the potential of Russian VVER and SVBR technologies. The last seems to be the most attractive case for Mongolia that does not need big power capacity. Rather than this, the case of small and medium nuclear reactors would face the challenge of national energy security very much. SVBR with the power capacity of about 100 MW based on lead-bismuth technology being developed in Russia could be a vital option for Mongolia. It is important to mention that Obninsk is the heart of lead-bismuth technological development that was well approved in the Soviet era by implementation in Soviet Navy the high speed nuclear submarines with Pb-Bi cooled reactors. The introduction of nuclear power in Mongolia is expected to be in 2020-s, thus the selection of the focus of Mongolian nuclear power option is at the stage. In this particular, the experience gained in CICE&T in delivering short and medium term courses for top managers of national nuclear infrastructure would be an essential instrument of cooperation between Mongolia and Russia.