Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum organized by Rosatom Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation and Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) was held in Cairo (Egypt) on November 25-26, 2018.
Osama Osran, Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Amgad el-Wakeel, Chairman of the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) and Kirill Komarov, first Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business of Rosatom, participated in the opening ceremony. Sergey Kirpichenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Arabic Republic of Egypt attended the event.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Osran pointed out that Russian-Egyptian relationship dates back to 75 years. According to Deputy Minister, the forum is an important event called to boost relationship between two countries in the framework of a flagship project, construction of first NPP in Egypt. “The history of Russian-Egyptian cooperation in nuclear sphere started in 1960s when the first research reactor based on Russian technologies was built in Egypt. It was the starting point of Egypt’s long way of implementation nuclear technologies for using it in various spheres, such as medicine, industry and agriculture”, - speaker added. Amgad el-Wakeel, Chairman of NPPA, pointed out that El Dabaa NPP project is the pinnacle of Russian-Egyptian friendship and result of long history of the fruitful cooperation in nuclear sphere. It is the largest project for modern Egypt, and its successful implementation requires coordination of the efforts and actions of all parties involved.
Kirill Komarov stated: “It is emblematic that the first nuclear industry suppliers forum of such a high level in the region takes place in Egypt where we implement one of the largest projects in the history of nuclear industry. El Dabaa NPP is not just a new chapter in history of Russian-Egyptian relations. Constructing the first NPP makes us face the future of partnership between Russia and Egypt with confidence for at least a century ahead”.
On the first day of the forum, representatives of Rosatom and its enterprises brought presentations to the audience: ASE Group (Engineering Division of Rosatom), Concern Rosenergoatom, Atomenergomash (Machinery Engineering Division), Alstom-Atomenergomash, RAOS Project OY company, implementing NPP construction in Finland, Rusatom Service, implementing NPPs service and modernization as well as personnel training. Speakers from NPPA and regulatory bodies of Russia (Rostechnadzor) and Egypt (ENRRA) also held presentations.
The participants of the forum were introduced to ROSATOM’s procurement system, its key requirements to the procurement documents, got acquainted with information about procurement procedures on particular segments of equipment and services supply. Representatives of ASE Group presented status of El Dabaa NPP project, planning and schedule of tenders’ procedures for the project. Representative of ENRRA told about licensing and certification of suppliers in nuclear industry of Egypt, while representative of Rostechnadzor shared experience of state engineering supervision of NPPs and licensing in Russia.
First Deputy Director General of Rusatom Service JSC Dmitry Pashevich delivered a presentation “El-Dabaa NPP: personnel training, commissioning and complex service contract”, including sharing information about the company and its role in El-Dabaa NPP project. A number of business meetings with representatives of the Egyptian companies were held afterwards; as a result, further steps for cooperation were identified with some of those companies.
A separate session was dedicated to presentations of foreign suppliers, who shared their experience of implementation of complex engineering projects for Rosatom abroad. Representatives of such companies as Assystem, Sigma, MSA, Bouygues TP, Vinci Construction Grands Projets shares their experience of cooperation with Rosatom and participation in the tenders within Rosatom projects abroad.
More than 400 representatives of Egyptian companies from engineering, machine-building, equipment supplying segments take part in the seminar along with journalists from top Egyptian media. On a second day, a round table on the public acceptance of nuclear industry as a fundamental factor for successful project realization irrespective of its geographical features took place. Speakers discussed a role of El-Dabaa NPP project in social, energy and economic development of Egypt, Russian experience in ensuring public acceptance of nuclear industry, NPP operation experience and NPP’s impact on social and economic development of the region. Deputy Director General for nuclear infrastructure of Rusatom Service JSC Yuliya Chernyakhovskaya spoke on macroeconomic impacts of NPP project, and explained how NPP project would affect national and economic development of Egypt.
Rusatom Service JSC is a member of the "Electric Power" division of The Rosatom State Corporation. The company provides full range of services and supplies required for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants that operate VVER-type reactors. Now, the company has been present on the market in almost every country with existing NPP VVER power units outside Russia.
The Rusatom Service holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants.