Forum aims to improve Europe-Russia nuclear industry relations

During the 2015 European Forum of Nuclear Industry Suppliers ATOMEX, held recently in Budapest, representatives for Russian and European nuclear-sector suppliers aimed to strengthen economic ties between both regions' nuclear industries.

Both Attila Aszódi, Hungary's commissioner for maintenance of Paks NPP capacity, and Kirill Komarov, first deputy CEO for corporate development and international business for Russia's Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, were among several keynote speakers. Rosatom organized the forum.

During his address, Aszódi said nuclear energy was a focus for Hungarian policy relating to climate-change mitigation, along with other forms of renewable energy.

Komarov stressed the value of nuclear-industry relations between Russia and Hungary. Komarov also discussed Rosatom’s partner companies and their impact on global strategy.

“Today, Rosatom holds a world-leading position for the number of nuclear power plants (NPPs) that are under simultaneous construction abroad,” Komarov said. “We have 43 power units at various construction stages: Nine units are in Russia, and 34 units are abroad, including the countries of Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Our projects provide European suppliers with a great opportunity to apply their technologies.”

Companies represented at this forum included AREVA, Rolls-Royce and Siemens.

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