Rosatom hosts a video-conference between Zambia Atomic Energy Agency, Russian nuclear experts and Zambian students studying nuclear engineering in Russia
On August 14th 2020 Zambian students undergoing internship in Rusatom Service JSC and studying nuclear energy programmes in the Russian Nuclear Research Institute MEPhI participated in a discussion with the head of the Zambian Atomic Energy Agency (ZAMATOM).
17 Zambian MEPhI students are undergoing internships at Rusatom Service JSC, an integrator of nuclear development services for countries embarking on or are developing nuclear energy programmes with the use of Russian technologies. The internship is managed by Dr. Yulia Chernyakhovskaya, deputy director of nuclear infrastructure, Rusatom Service JSC, associate-professor of MEPhI.
The discussion, which was conducted via video conference focused on the history and goals of the nuclear energy programme development in the Republic of Zambia. Dr. Roland Msiska, Director General of ZAMATOM shared the ongoing objectives of the nuclear energy programme in Zambia which are aimed at development of nuclear infrastructure and a sustainable financing model for the nuclear industry with the students.
“For Zambia to attain the projected goal of being a middle-income country by the 2030, energy supply plays a major contributing factor and therefore needs adequate attention. The decision to construct the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in Zambia was made to support human resource development as Zambia develops and constructs its first Nuclear Power Plants. This will promote localisation and technology transfer to Zambian professionals in the entire nuclear value chain,” highlighted Dr Msiska.
Addressing the young professionals, Mr. Ryan Collyer, Acting CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa highlighted the company’s commitment to education in Zambia and on the African continent and commended the bravery of Zambian students who have embraced the opportunity to study nuclear science in a new environment thousands of miles away from home, family and friends.
“As a responsible vendor Rosatom understands the necessity of a comprehensive human resource development programme for any nuclear new build and in particular for newcomer countries. We therefore view education as vital aspect of our collaboration with partner countries and we play an active role in the development educational programmes in Africa,” explained Collyer.
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. Rusatom Service JSC provides training for all categories of personnel for all Rosatom State Corporation foreign projects.
The Rusatom Service holds leading positions in the markets of China, 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.