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Interregional training course on industry involvement in nuclear energy programmes completed

Interregional training course on industry involvement in nuclear energy programmes completed

A face-to-face session of the interregional training course on industry involvement in nuclear energy programmes (NES) was held at the site of the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom Technical Academy within the extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the IAEA Technical Cooperation projects for the development of nuclear infrastructure of newcomer countries. The event was attended by 13 representatives from 11 countries that are constructing or planning to construct nuclear facilities using Russian technologies.

During the course, the participants got acquainted with the best practices of involving the industrial sector in the development of a new nuclear energy programme and also discussed the experience of other IAEA Member States.

The five-day course programme was divided into thematic modules and included lectures by foreign and Russian experts, group work as well as technical tours to the enterprises of the ROSATOM Engineering Division and a virtual tour to the site of the Leningrad NPP-2.

The IAEA experts, international and Russian experts acquainted the audience with the main stages, participants and elements of industry involvement in NES. The major focus was placed on the best practices of localization taken from international NPP projects and their impact on the further development of the national nuclear energy programme.

A separate module was devoted to the main issues of localization: quality assurance, investment, supply chain management, technology transfer process as well as human resource development. During classes the students studied Russian experience of involving local suppliers in ROSATOM projects.

The course programme envisaged technical tours to Russian nuclear industry enterprises to get acquainted with their activities and participate in ROSATOM projects both at the national level and abroad.

Rosenergoatom Concern organized a virtual tour to the site of the Leningrad NPP-2. The participants learned about the principles of the power plant’s operation, its contribution to the economy of the region and the development of the social sector and infrastructure. The virtual photo tour was held in 360° format and allowed to demonstrate various NPP facilities, such as the main control room, the turbine hall, the training center and even the reactor hall, where entry is usually prohibited.

Within the framework of the course programme the participants visited one of the production sites of the Central Design Bureau of Machine Building (JSC “CDBMB” is part of ROSATOM Engineering Division – JSC “Atomenergomash”), got acquainted with the history of the enterprise, implemented projects, the modern infrastructure of the plant and some stages of the CDBMB’s main products development – the main circulation pumping units for VVER reactor installations.

On the final day of the course there was a technical tour to the site of “Turbine Technologies AAEM” LLC (AAEM LLC is a joint venture between Atomenergomash JSC and General Electric), where participants learned about the activities of the enterprise, which pays special attention to increasing the localization coefficient in the total scope of equipment supply while enhancing the competitiveness of Russian manufacturers when executing supply contracts.

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The face-to-face part of the training course was the continuation of its virtual part held in May 2021. The event organizers were the specialists of the Center for International Cooperation of RosatomTech Moscow branch.