Nuclear industry suppliers forum Atomex Asia 2014 started its work in Vietnam


November 19th, 2014, Ho Chi Minh – from November 19th to 20th 2014, Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum Atomex Asia 2014 is taking part at Nikko Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, with extensive program on strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam in nuclear energy field, including separate sessions on localization policy and requirements to suppliers, educational cooperation and public awareness.

Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum Atomex Asia 2014 is organized by Russian State Corporation Rosatom and is hosting participants from World Nuclear Association, Indonesia, Malasia, Thailand, Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, VINATOM, EVN and other Vietnam companies as well as leading suppliers of nuclear industry in Russia with more than 150 people in total.




The Forum was welcomed by Council General of RF in Ho Chi Minh Anatoly Borovik, Director General of Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Chief of Russian Trade Mission in Vietnam, Maxim Golikov, Head of department of ministry of Ministry of Industry and Trade Le Tuan Phong, senior research analyst of World Nuclear Association Ian Hore-Lacy and Vice President of EVN Nguyen Cuong Lam.


Opening the plenary session, Nikolay Drozdov, Director of Rosatom Department of International Business, put special focus on strategic partnership with Vietnam: “Rosatom is keen on expanding its operations in South East Asia region and Vietnam is our main partner in the field of nuclear energy development with first nuclear power plant in province of Ninh Thuan under development. We provide Vietnam an integrated solution that includes nuclear infrastructure, physical protection, regulatory framework, nuclear education and personnel training thus securing a safe and reliable future for country development”.


His counterpart, Nguyen Cuong Lam, agreed: “"We believe that Russian Federation has large experience in building and operating nuclear power plants and owning many high-technology nuclear reactors, which comply with IAEA standards. Therefore, the Government of Vietnam has chosen Russian Federation to be the partner building the very first nuclear power plant in Vietnam”. Yarianto S Budi Susilo, head of National nuclear energy system assessment, National nuclear energy agency, Batan, Indonesia, broadened the discussion by focusing attention on support nuclear power plants provide to long term energy security.


First day of discussions at Atomex Asia 2014 focused on core topics of strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam in nuclear power. Representatives of VINATOM talked about plans for development of Ninh Thuan and safety management of the project. Representative of Russian regulatory body, Rostechnadzor demonstrated in detail its role in a safe development of nuclear energy and deputy head of Vietnam project division of NIAEP, Oxana Wolf, gave an extensive report about implementation of Ninh Thuan NPP project.


Safety systems and Russian reactor technologies were on the forefront of discussion. Atomproekt, a part of Rosatom engineering division, presented design of modern NPP with VVER-1200 reactor. TVEL presented its integrated approach to fuel supply. International Uranium Enrichment Center elaborated on new Russian initiative  to ensure secured supplies of the uranium products. Rosenergoatom, the Russian electroenergetic division, talked about Russian new generation technologies.


During session “Rosatom procurement system – How to become a supplier of Rosatom” Nikolay Drozdov explained step-by-step corporate system of procurement. Rosatom manufacturing division Atomenergomash provided examples of cooperating in overseas markets in supplies of power equipment. NIAEP talked about Integrated industry directory of equipment and materials (EONKOM) and provided insights into roles of producers and suppliers. And Rusatom Overseas company gave an outlook of corporate practice of contracting with suppliers. An exhibition of  works by Hungarian photographer Bálint Vincze, who has worked in the Information centre  of the Paks NPP in Hungary for about 30 years and conducted a project to describe the diversity and uniqueness of wildlife surrounding the nuclear power plant.


In addition to official program, Forum participants from Finland and Russia, Tiina Tigerstedt, PR Manager of Fennovoima company, operator of Hanhikivi 1 NPP project in Finland and professor Vladimir Artisyuk, Vice-Rector of Rosatom Central Institute for Continuing Education & Training read lectures to more than 130 students of Ho Chi Minh University of Science.