On May 16 in the Main Media Center of Sochi the jubilee X International Forum ATOMEXPO 2018 organized by ROSATOM finished its work.
This year the Forum has set up several records at once. The first record was about the countries which representative came to the event – 68 (65 in 2017, 55 in 2016, and 48 in 2015). With that, two countries – Congo and Georgia – took part in the Forum for the first time. The second record was the exhibition area – more than 20,000 square meters (12,000 sq.m. in 2017). A number of exhibitor-companies grew to be 136 (for a comparison, last year they were 120). Total number of the participating companies exceeded 600.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed the Forum participants. “Over the past years your forum, which unites heads of large companies, governmental structures, non-governmental organizations, leading experts from Russia and other states, has proven itself as the authoritative platform where topical issues of nuclear sector are discussed at high professional level. In the current conditions, the development of the world economy and maintaining the natural balance of our planet hinges on affording access to stable and environment-friendly sources of energy. Our country is traditionally one of the leaders in the field of development of nuclear power, construction and operation of NPP infrastructure, and fundamental and applied studies. This potential needs to be strengthened basing, among other, on the broad international cooperation,” said the address read from the Forum’s tribune by First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the ROSATOM Supervisory Board Sergei Kirienko.
Heads of leading sectoral organizations took part in the plenary session: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, President of the World Nuclear Association Agneta Rising, President of the World Association of Nuclear Operators Jacques Regaldo, and Director-General of Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development William Magwood. The discussion participants tackled upon topics which are most critical for nuclear sector and outlined landmarks for the next period of joint work of the entire nuclear community.
Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev noted that today ever growing number of countries strive to develop nuclear power. New growth centers want “to enable themselves with access to nuclear power in a fast, high quality and economically attractive manner”. This is the kindly soil for partnership both in commercial nuclear projects and in applied and fundamental science even in cooperation with small innovation companies. It is not mere chance that the theme of the Forum this year is formulated as: “Global Partnership – Joint Success”. Alliances are not only possible, they are necessary for finding mutually beneficial solutions, he said.
The three-day business program of the Forum included three topical tracks (“Digital Future and Industry 4.0”, “New Power Engineering” and “People of Nuclear Industry”) as well as 16 round-table sessions which included: “Globalization as a Key Success Factor: Building NPPs in a Partnership Arrangement”; “Building Capacity in
Countries Embarking on or Expanding Their Nuclear Power Programmes”; “Total cost and time management of NPP construction projects: constituents of success in international projects». A separate round-table session was on new Russia’s opportunities in wing power and prospects of entering the international market with wind turbines. The Forum participants also discussed additive technologies (in particular, manufacturing 3D printers by ROSATOM’s companies) and international scientific cooperation in the use of cutting-edge research infrastructure.
ATOMEXPO 2018 became the site for signing 39 agreements and other cooperation- and partnership-making documents, including commercial contracts. Most important agreements include the interagency agreements with the Republic of Sudan (the Memorandum on the Staff Training; the Memorandum of Forming Positive Public Opinion about Atomic Energy in the Republic of Sudan; Cuba (the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding of Strategic Partnership in Development and Application of Irradiation Technologies) and Chile (the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding and Cooperation in Personnel Training and Education). The statement on principles of the Russian-Serbian cooperation in the field of innovations and technological development associating with the peaceful uses of atomic energy was signed. The contract for design, supply and construction of the Center of Nuclear Science and technology in the Republic of Zambia may be also mentioned along with the agreements concerning implementation of projects to create irradiation centers in Brazil, Malaysia and Philippines.
For the first time, the ATOMEXPO received on its ground the III Russia-IAEA Nuclear Management School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano took part in its inauguration.
Again, for the first time of ATOMEXPO the award ceremony of prize winners “ATOMEXPO AWARDS” was held. This is the international professional award for outstanding services of world industry companies which contributed greatly to the development of nuclear industry and the use of atomic energy for the benefit of mankind. The prize winners have become: in the nomination “Nuclear technologies for quality of life improving” – the project “Molybdenum-99 production conversion” of NTP Radioisotopes (SAR); in the nomination “Innovations for the Future” – the project of innovative information control system of Dassault Systems; in the nomination “Human capital development” – the project of Tecnatom (Spain) “Education with heart”; in the nomination “The Best start” – the construction project of Belarus NPP; in the nomination “Public acceptance” – the project “Atom on wheels in India” implemented by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL).
In total, over 4,000 delegates and guests took part in the Forum events. The Forum’s activities were covered by more than mass media representatives for whom briefings and interviews with heads of largest companies of ROSATOM were organized along with presentations of projects, developments and products of nuclear industry.