JSC IUEC took part in the jubilee Х International Forum ATOMEXPO-2018 held on May 14-16, 2018 in the Main Media Center of Sochi. The delegation was headed by Mr Gleb Efremov, General Director of the company. During the Forum there was held a number of business meetings and negotiations with Russian and foreign partners.
The main theme of the exhibition of JSC IUEC became the guaranteed supplies of nuclear fuel and ensuring of equal access to the uranium enrichment services for all countries wishing to develop the nuclear energy. The key element of the exhibition booth became the cask with uranium hexafluoride as a symbol of the fuel supplies to the shareholders of the Centre and insurance mechanism of provision the IAEA member-countries of with low-enriched uranium. The visitors of the company exhibition space were attracted by the film on the directions of the activities with application of 3D visualization.
The Forum is held on the annual basis upon the initiative of State Corporation Rosatom and recommended as the largest international exhibition and business platform, where discussed the current situation in the nuclear industry, developed the trends of its further evolution.
This year the Forum has set up several records at once. The first record was about the countries which representative came to the event – 68 (65 in 2017, 55 in 2016, and 48 in 2015). With that, two countries – Congo and Georgia – took part in the Forum for the first time. The second record was the exhibition area – more than 20,000 square meters (12,000 sq.m. in 2017). A number of exhibitor-companies grew to be 136 (for a comparison, last year they were 120). Total number of the participating companies exceeded 600.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed the Forum participants. «Over the past years your forum, which unites heads of large companies, governmental structures, non-governmental organizations, leading experts from Russia and other states, has proven itself as the authoritative platform where topical issues of nuclear sector are discussed at high professional level. In the current conditions, the development of the world economy and maintaining the natural balance of our planet hinges on affording access to stable and environment-friendly sources of energy. Our country is traditionally one of the leaders in the field of development of nuclear power, construction and operation of NPP infrastructure, and fundamental and applied studies. This potential needs to be strengthened basing, among other, on the broad international cooperation», - said the address read from the Forum’s tribune by First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the ROSATOM Supervisory Board Sergey Kirienko.
Heads of leading sectoral organizations took part in the plenary session: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, President of the World Nuclear Association Agneta Rising, President of the World Association of Nuclear Operators Jacques Regaldo, and Director-General of Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development William Magwood. The discussion participants tackled upon topics which are most critical for nuclear sector and outlined landmarks for the next period of joint work of the entire nuclear community.
Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev noted that today ever growing number of countries strive to develop nuclear power. New growth centers want «to enable themselves with access to nuclear power in a fast, high quality and economically attractive manner». This is the kindly soil for partnership both in commercial nuclear projects and in applied and fundamental science even in cooperation with small innovation companies. It is not mere chance that the theme of the Forum this year is formulated as: «Global Partnership – Joint Success». Alliances are not only possible, they are necessary for finding mutually beneficial solutions, he said.
The three-day business program of the Forum included three topical tracks («Digital Future and Industry 4.0», «New Power Engineering» and «People of Nuclear Industry») as well as 16 round-table sessions and four panel discussions.
The round table arranged in the framework of the Forum business program by the Office for nuclear fuel life cycle and life cycle of the NPPs of State Corporation Rosatom and JSC Tenex «Nuclear fuel life cycle. Challenges and promising solutions» brought together over 150 participants, representatives of the governmental agencies and international organizations, leading companies of the nuclear industry, public organizations and mass media. In the framework of the round table the Russian and foreign experts exchanged their opinions on the approaches to resolution of the challenges of the sent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management by means of closing the nuclear fuel cycle and development of international cooperation in this area. Especial attention was paid to the benefits of creation of the two-component nuclear power system, capabilities of re-engaging in the nuclear fuel cycle of the reprocessed SNF products and customer requirements in the field of radioactive waste management.