Rosatom has opened its third office outside Russia, with an eye on developing its business in South Africa, including marketing and promotion of the Russian nuclear technology in the South African market, as well as developing relationships with potential customers, partners, and regulators.
The new marketing office will be, among other things, in charge of developing relationships with South African partners to ensure the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between JSC Rusatom Overseas and the South African Atomic Energy Corporation (Necsa), which was signed in June 2012.
According to the memorandum Rusatom Overseas and Necsa will elaborate joint business projects in such areas as nuclear fuel fabrication, power equipment manufacturing for nuclear power plants and radioisotopes production and marketing.
We fully support our South African partners in their efforts to implement a serious program of national nuclear industry development. Rosatom’s integrated offer in nuclear power project construction may be of interest to our partners, since together with safe and referential VVER (Russian version of the pressure water rector (PWR)) technology it envisages a variety of financial solutions and ability to maximise the involvement of the local industry,” said Alexey Kalinin, director general of Rusatom Overseas.
South Africa’s national electricity development plan envisages the increase of nuclear energy’s share in the country’s power generation balance to 25 per cent by 2030 through the construction of 9.6 GW of nuclear capacity.
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