April 11, 2016

ROSATOM opens a regional office in Dubai

In an event held on the sidelines World Nuclear Fuel Cycle exhibition and conference (April 4-6, Abu Dhabi), Rosatom State Corporation introduced its regional office to its partners and attendees of the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle. The regional office is located in Dubai and will serve as the company’s headquarters in the Middle East and North Africa region.

At the opening event, Alexander Merten, President of Rusatom International Network, commented: ‘Rosatom has a long and successful history of cooperation in the region. Starting from cooperation on research reactors projects in the 1960s, today we are conducting projects that include isotopes, natural uranium and enriched uranium supplies, radioactive waste management, as well as such large-scale projects as nuclear power plants construction. The opening of our regional office in the UAE is therefore a completely natural and logical next step in evolution of our cooperation with the companies of the Middle East. I am sure this will not only give us a new drive to our current projects, but also open up new opportunities for the implementation of mutually beneficial projects across other directions that are relevant for the region, including the non-nuclear field.’

The World Nuclear Fuel Cycle international conference and exhibition is a leading industry forum on nuclear energy and the nuclear fuel cycle. The organizers of the conference are The World Nuclear Association (WNA) and The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Held with the active support of ENEC, WNFC annually brings together industry leaders for a discussion of current issues related to the various stages of the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium products supply, uranium conversion and enrichment, fuel fabrication and spent nuclear fuel management, and nuclear decommissioning. Prospects of nuclear power in the Middle East and its role in the region’s energy mix will also be discussed within the framework of the conference.

Rosatom is taking part in the World Nuclear Cycle exhibition and conference with a united exhibition stand that showcases the company’s leading positions in the global nuclear energy market, including key figures on its international projects, and information on its current projects in the region and its integrated offer. As a fully vertically integrated company, Rosatom offers its customers a full range of products and services in the peaceful use of nuclear energy – in addition to NPP construction, these include cutting-edge solutions in seawater desalination, nuclear medicine, isotope products, research reactors, and application of radiation technologies in agriculture and industry. Moreover, the company’s unique 70 years’ experience in the nuclear industry allows Rosatom to offer a range of non-nuclear services, such as water treatment technologies, inspection systems, small hydropower solutions (mini- hydropower plants), equipment for the petrochemical industry etc. Rosatom is the world's only complete nuclear power cycle company offering a range of services for the entire NPP lifecycle: from NPP construction, operation and decommissioning, fuel supply and solutions for spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management, to nuclear infrastructure development, providing flexible financial solutions, sharing technical knowledge and increasing public acceptance of nuclear power and more.

Background information:
The Russian nuclear industry has a long history in the region. The first research reactors in the Middle East were built using Russian technologies: in 1961 in Egypt, in 1967 in Iraq, and in 1981 in Libya.  Today, Rosatom is active in the region, implementing projects that include NPP construction in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, constructing two new units of the Bushehr NPP in Iran, supplying natural uranium and enriched uranium for the Barakah NPP in the UAE; having contracts for isotopes supply with the UAE, Egypt and Iran; and implementing a project of developing a radioactive waste management facility in Iran.  Intergovernmental agreements on the cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy were signed with Saudi Arabia and Algeria, and a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in peaceful use of the nuclear energy was signed with Tunisia.