On 5-7 September in London, the 43rd Symposium of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) was held with the Rosatom State Corporation as one of the participants. The Russian delegation included more than 50 people.
Kirill Komarov, the First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business in Rosatom and the Board of Management Chair in the World Nuclear Association, opened the Symposium with a welcome speech.
"The World Nuclear Association brings the nuclear industry leaders together. As years pass, more and more countries opt for the nuclear energy, a reliable and sustainable generation source," Mr. Komarov said. "We join our efforts and do our best to achieve the purpose of the WNA's Harmony programme by the year 2050.”
Customarily, an industry-specific exposition takes place during the Symposium, and this time the Rosatom State Corporation was one of its key partners. Rosatom's joint exhibit was advertising the state-of-the-art atomic energy and industry technologies developed in Russia. For example, "Akademik Lomonosov,” one of the State Corporation's innovative projects, was exhibited. It is the first and the only floating power plant in a lineup of mobile small-capacity power plants.
Evgeny Pakermanov, President of the JSC Rusatom Overseas, was also featured in the main agenda of the Symposium: he spoke on how global partnership was important to develop the nuclear energy industry. He emphasized that the advancement of atomic energy strongly depended on how the global nuclear market players would interact.
Besides, the event participants recognized the developments the atomic industry had achieved since September last year. Eight nuclear power units have gone online: two in Russia and six in China. Official "first concrete pouring" ceremonies took place on five NPP construction sites: in Russia, India, Turkey, and Bangladesh. It was symbolic that an Intergovernmental Agreement on NPP construction between Russia and Uzbekistan was executed on the last day of the Symposium, enabling the leaders of the global atomic industry to welcome another country – the Republic of Uzbekistan – in the "nuclear country" club.
The World Nuclear Association was created in 2001 in London. The Association now comprises 170 companies from 38 countries around the globe, including France, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Korea, the USA, and many more. The World Nuclear Association is the most representative international organization that includes both producers and consumers of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) related goods and services, as well as companies dedicated to nuclear engineering, reactor construction, and transportation of nuclear materials. The WNA Board of Management sets strategic goals for the Association and participates in the development of the Harmony programme, the purpose of which is to increase the share of nuclear energy in the global energy mix to 25% by the year 2050.