Russia and South Africa set to cooperate in nuclear power

July 13th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize

 

Nuclear power stationRosatom, the Russian state owned nuclear company, and the South African department of energy (DoE) have signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) pertaining to nuclear cooperation. The first MoU deals with the training of personnel for the South African nuclear power industry and the second MoU is on enhancing of public awareness of nuclear energy in South Africa.

In terms of the first document, Russia and South Africa will implement several joint projects for education in the nuclear power industry. The countries will cooperate in order to provide training for five categories of specialists: nuclear power plant (NPP) personnel; engineers and construction workers; staff for operations not related to the power industry; personnel for nuclear infrastructure; and students and teachers.

Both parties will strive to realise education programmes for 200 South African candidates at Russian universities and educational organisations. The MoU also stipulates the development of educational materials and scientific literature on nuclear power; exchange programmes for students at various levels of training; organisation of internships and summer courses; and student competitions and teacher training.

The second MoU outlines efforts aimed at promoting nuclear power in South Africa, increasing the awareness of local residents of modern nuclear technologies used in the power industry and in other industries, to ensure public acceptance of nuclear power. In particular, the parties have agreed to work out a plan for the implementation of a joint communication programme to be launched in South Africa. The programme will involve the organisation of round tables and other events aimed at promotion nuclear power and modern nuclear technologies.

Rosatom and the South African DoE will also consider the creation of a nuclear energy information centre in South Africa where information can be exchanged and best practices in the nuclear industry assured through working visits and international conferences and exhibitions.

Contact Ryan Collyer, Rosatom, Tel 011 784-2554, rcollyer@rosatom.co.za

 

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