Vienna, 19 April - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and ROSATOM agreed to cooperate in the improvement of the nuclear infrastructure in the countries that are just taking the path of national nuclear power development. ‘This includes, in particular, nuclear trainings, development of the industry regulations, analysis of every safety facilities that is to be made under the auspice of the IAEA’, said Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM.
In this regard, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA, and Alexey Likhachev singed an agreement on Russian non-budgetary contribution to nuclear infrastructure improvement in nuclear newcomer countries. The agreement was signed on Wednesday, within the framework of the visit of ROSATOM’s CEO to Vienna. The agreement signing was initiated by Russia.
‘We ensure succession with the aim to boost joint projects, we keep on increasing financing. Considering this, we take upon ourselves certain tasks while also determining these tasks for our cooperation with the IAEA. The point of the tasks is active work with newcomer countries, those that join the nuclear power club’, noted Likhachev after signing the agreement.
Outcomes of the first meeting between the heads of the IAEA and ROSATOM
The first meeting of Amano and Likhachev took place on Wednesday. ROSATOM’s CEO said that the meeting was long though constructive. ‘The meeting was rather long. We went through almost the whole agenda of cooperation between the IAEA and Rosatom. We also spent some time on sharing our ideas about the development prospects for both the global nuclear industry and particular energy sectors,’ said Likhachev.
ROSATOM’s CEO mentioned that one of the issues discussed at the meeting was the importance of project evaluation from the point of view of its fair cost effectiveness and safety. He added that Mr Amano and representatives of the IAEA emphasized their interest in contracts with ROSATOM as well as their willingness to develop cooperation in the human resources area.