Russia and Algeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy

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Published April 28th, 2016 - 05:29 GMT

the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and The Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful uses. The document was signed by Director General of ROSATOM and the Chairman of COMENA, Mohamed Derdour.

The memorandum is aimed at working out concrete forms of business cooperation between Russia and Algeria both in energy and non-energy application of peaceful atom. Among energy projects, Memorandum provides opportunity of joint implementation of NPP project in Algeria based on Russian technology, as well as cooperation in the field of nuclear fuel cycle; possible involvement of the Algerian side in the project of Multi-purpose Fast Reactor; cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and nuclear security; nuclear education and nuclear training of personnel, including training of Algerian students and specialists at Russian universities.

Among non-energy areas, the parties agreed to continue discussion and assessment of such projects as building Nuclear Science and Technology Center based on Russian-design research reactor, construction of facility for the production of isotope products and application of radioisotopes in the Algerian industry, construction of nuclear medicine centers and irradiation centers for improving the efficiency of agriculture etc.

The Memorandum envisages the joint roadmap development aimed at implementation of Algerian peaceful nuclear program. The roadmap is to specify mutually-beneficial projects and to be implemented by joint workgroups.

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The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. The company has assets and competencies to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain from uranium mining to decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent nuclear fuel management.ROSATOM brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. It is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, accounting for 18.7% of the country’s total generation of electricity. ROSATOM is the third in the world in nuclear power generation.The corporation is the global leader in simultaneous implementation of NPP power units and has the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP units in 12 countries). ROSATOM manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, carries out research and material studies. It also assembles supercomputers and designs software as well as different nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. The company has business ventures covering various clean energy projects, including wind energy. ROSATOM has second largest uranium reserves and 17% of the global nuclear fuel market.

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