The updated museum of the First NPP and the international youth nuclear forum opened in Obninsk.
On June 26, a series of ceremonial events took place in Obninsk (Kaluga region) on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the world’s First NPP. Among the participants of the events were Alexey Likhachev, ROSATOM Director General, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, ambassadors of friendly countries, representatives of the administration of the Kaluga region and the city of Obninsk, young scientists and foreign students of Russian universities.
The first event in the celebration program was the opening ceremony of the ‘World’s First Nuclear Power Plant’ industrial memorial complex looking renewed after reconstruction. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexey Likhachev, ROSATOM Director General, Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of the Kaluga Region, Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of the Kurchatov Institute Research Center took part in the ceremony. The guests of honor placed a historical plaque on the building of the Obninsk NPP. A children’s symphony orchestra performed for the event participants.
“The Obninsk NPP marks the start of the world nuclear energy industry. The projects of those years laid the foundation for the entire areas that are still the basis for our work, including large and SMR-based NPPs, ship reactors, medical isotopes, and new materials. Today we are looking to new atomic breakthroughs such as the world’s first Gen IV energy unit with closed fuel cycle at the turn of the 30s, transition to a fundamentally different type of energy production – thermonuclear fusion,” Alexey Likhachev noted.