Rostechnadzor Signs Cooperation Agreement between Russian and Nigerian Governments
On September 21, Alexander Trembitsky signed on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation the Agreement with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on cooperation in regulation of nuclear and radiation safety in the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. On the Nigerian side, the document was signed by Dr. Yau Usman Idris, Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
“I have no doubt that today's event marks the beginning of the development of fruitful cooperation between Russia and Nigeria in regulation of nuclear and radiation safety,” Rostechnadzor Chairman said.
On the same day, a number of bilateral meetings of the Rostechnadzor management with the top executives of the IAEA and foreign regulatory authorities took place.
During the meeting of Alexander Trembitsky with Lydie Evrard, Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Rostechnadzor Chairman briefly highlighted the main powers and functions of the Russian regulatory body, shared information on the latest developments in the Russian nuclear power industry, and regulation of nuclear and radiation safety at the nuclear energy facilities. In addition, the parties discussed main areas of cooperation between Rostechnadzor and the IAEA. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Trembitsky invited Ms. Evrard to visit Russia to participate in the IAEA the International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security to be hosted by Rostechnadzor on behalf of the Russian Federation (scheduled for October 10 to 14, 2022 in St. Petersburg).
During the meeting between Alexander Trembitsky and Petteri Tiippana, Director General of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK), the parties exchanged views on interaction in both bilateral and multilateral format. In particular, Rostechnadzor Chairman outlined the strong working contacts between the Russian and Finnish regulatory bodies that have been enjoying long-standing cooperation in all aspects of regulation of nuclear and radiation safety and security of nuclear facilities at all stages of their life cycle in various forms, such as working meetings and seminars, technical visits to the nuclear facility sites, joint inspections of nuclear facilities and emergency exercises.
Alexander Trembitsky’s meeting Dr. Marc Kenzelmann, Director General of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), was devoted to sharing information on the national regulators’ activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned and current developments in the field of safety regulation.
Alexander Trembitsky’s meeting with Dr. Samy Shaaban Ata-Allah Soliman, Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority (ENRRA), was devoted to discussing the development of interagency cooperation, including the possible exchange of experience in licensing and supervisory activities during the construction of nuclear power plants.
“For Rostechnadzor, interaction with ENRRA is one of the priority directions of international cooperation. I have no doubt about its development in the near future,” Alexander Trembitsky said.
The main topic for discussion during the meeting with members of the European Technical Support Organizations Network (ETSON) was the organization and conduct of the International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security scheduled for October 10 to 14, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Alexander Trembitsky informed that on August 27, 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation issued ordinance No. 2371-r concerning the organization and conduct of the conference, and now preparatory work is underway.
During the meeting of Alexander Trembitsky with Dr. Szabolcs Hullán, Acting Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency, the parties exchanged information on recent developments in the field of nuclear energy over the past year, including safety regulation of nuclear facilities; the status of the Paks-2 NPP project and the main areas of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.