In early April the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom together with the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa hosted a Russian nuclear energy and solutions seminar in Johannesburg to promote the advantages of Russian nuclear technology and technical capabilities.
It was put forward that the realisation of plans to collaborate with the Russian corporation in the construction of nuclear power plants would provide South Africa with US$3.5 billion in additional taxes and create about 9,000 jobs annually.
Rosatom presented its integrated offer in nuclear power plant construction at the seminar, and its competences in nuclear equipment manufacturing and supply as well as in nuclear fuel supply. Other topics included Rosatom’s capabilities in research reactor construction, Rosatom financial solutions in nuclear power plant construction projects, as well as reactor plant and safety systems of VVER-1200 reactor technology.
“We always aim to localise a vast majority of our activities, such as in the construction supply chain, which results in cheaper projects,” Rosatom overseas public relations vice president Ivan Dybov says.
Rosatom director of the international business department and president of Rusatom overseas Alexey Kalinin, says that Rosatom intends to develop a long-term strategic cooperation with South African partners.
“We acknowledge South Africa’s achievements and developments in nuclear energy and we appreciate and respect the country’s drive to develop. Rosatom is committed to the domestic and international development of nuclear power, making our countries like minded on the topic and a favourable match for an ongoing partnership. We do not see this as a transactional approach for just one or two projects, but as a long term collaboration where we localise transfer technologies and share success as it happens,” Kalinin says.
Director of nuclear technology at the South African Department of Energy Jeetesh Keshaw points out the importance of cooperation with the Russian partners, as well as plans for the South African nuclear sector development, which involves the construction of 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity.
Rosatom has contractual agreements for the construction of 21 new nuclear power plant units in Russia and abroad. In 2011 the stock of foreign orders for 2012 to 2020 increased to US$50.8 billion. The company is currently bidding on a nuclear power project in the Czech Republic. “The Czech Republic has a large nuclear industry and we want to use them in other Rosatom projects. There is the possibility of the same in South Africa,” Kalinin says.