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22 permanent representatives of foreign countries to international organizations in Vienna visited Atommash and Rostov NPP

 On July 23, 2015 the permanent representatives of foreign countries to international organizations in Vienna paid a visit to Rostov region in the framework of cooperation in the area of peaceful use of atomic energy and for acquaintance with modern Russian technologies for NPP construction and operation.

The event was arranged by invitation of the Russian party as a member-state of IAEA and a member of the Agency’s Board of Governors.

The list of the visit participants included 22 diplomats, represented Argentina, Armenia, Brazil. Vietnam, Ghana, Egypt, India, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, UAE, Pakistan, Singapore, Syria, Sudan, Switzerland and Japan. Mr. Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General, was also a member of the delegation. From the Russian party the delegation was accompanied by the representatives of the RF Ministry for foreign affairs, Permanent mission of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, Rosatom State Corporation.

The first item in the agenda for the representatives of the foreign countries was a visit to Atommash, a branch of AEM-Technology, where the NPP equipment is manufactured as well as equipment petrochemical and thermal power industries. The industrial capacities allow producing up to 4 sets of the NPP equipment including reactor vessels. Today Volgodonsk Atommash is a main producer of the NPP equipment. Within the framework of the tour to the enterprise the diplomats saw treatment of parts for VVER-1200 reactor of Belorussia NPP, core catcher vessel, which is the most important part of the passive safety systems of a nuclear power plant of Generation 3+, the process of steam-generator fabrication, roentgen chamber, equipment lock, and visited the clean assembly sections.

The next item of the agenda was visit to Rostov NPP, where the participants held a meeting with Mr. Andrey Salnikov, Director of Rostov NPP. Then the diplomats made a tour to the main control room and turbine hall of Unit №3 commissioned last year, and the turbine hall of Rostov NPP Unit №4 under construction. To complete the technical tour the representatives of the international organizations visited the 3D-modeling studio of the Volgodosk branch of NIAEP and listened to the presentation of experts of the Rosatom SC Engineering Division, which had been established to manage design and construction processes. Last year the Division has managed to commission 4 units: Unit №3 at Rostov NPP and two thermal Units at South-Urals thermal power station in Russia and Unit №1 at Kudankulam NPP in India.

In completion of the visit the diplomats visited the upgraded full-scope simulator installed in the premises of the Training Center. The simulator is an exact copy of the main control room of Rostov NPP and is used for training and qualification maintenance of the NPP operating personnel.

The foreign representatives gave high assessment to the results of their visit to Rostov region, meetings with the executives of the host companies and level of the presented information.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Ambassador of Argentina at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):

Apart from the fact itself that Russia is beautiful country, the site, we have visited, is quite impressive. What we have seen is quite unique in the sense that at the same place you have a production of main components for nuclear power plant and an operating power plant. On top of that you have a new reactor unit under construction here, so one can see the whole chain starting from production of the equipment supplied to the power plant up to the construction of a new power unit. The Training Center was quite impressive too. I have visited many nuclear power plants in the world and I have to say I’ never saw such a realistic exercise. One could feel the level of the proficiency of the professional there. They were fully concentrated. I think this is the kind of capacity that one expects from people in many nuclear power plants.

Sadiq M. Marafi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna:

First of all, we are very thankful for the invitation which we have received from the Russian Government and for the hospitality which is something that is not strange for me, because it is my second trip to nuclear facilities in Russia, prior we have visited Atomflot. Today, we got a new experience and are contented of the visit. We were amazed at the pace of the new unit construction and level of professionalism of the workers and the work they do. We were surely impressed not as such with the machinery but with the human resources. Each time coming in Russia we see something actually new, and that is why we get impressed more and more. For us it was a new experience, especially to see the construction of reactor unit №4 of Rostov NPP, and even the fact that it will be ready in two years. We in Kuwait are studying the issue of nuclear power plant building, and I hope that in the near future we will start a positive cooperation with Russia in this area.