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MOSCOW, October 30 (Itar-Tass) —— A memorandum on the setting up of the industrial and commercial organisation, the Prague Atomic Alliance, was held in the format of the International Forum of Equipment Suppliers for Atomic Energy Industry ATOMEX-Europe 2011. The two-day forum was held in the capital of the Czech Republic earlier this week.
In the words of the participants in the newly-created industrial union, the goal of the alliance is to develop and strengthen cooperation, increase competitiveness of the Alliance members’ products through the international cooperation, work out and implement joint projects in the sphere of production and supplies of equipment, services, technologies and materials for the fulfilment of Rosatom’s (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation) projects in Russia and global markets.
“Now, Rosatom builds ten power units in Russia, and implements projects for the construction of 19 nuclear reactors outside the country,” Director of Rosatom’s Foreign Business Department Alexei Kalinin said.
“Before 2030, Rosatom plans to buy goods and services for the needs of the atomic energy for the total sum of more than 300 billion U.S. dollars,” he said. “This is a colossal amount of work and huge amount of supplies of equipment to various countries, which impose various requirements on products. This is also a huge market, which involves European suppliers of equipment.”
In support of the latter words, participants in the forum signed a contract on the supply of heat-exchange equipment for the reactor of the Rostov NPP’s power unit, which is under construction. Such companies as AMT Engineering, Promenergokomplekt and ZVUPotez offered to Rosatom the best equipment with the best price, thus guaranteeing their win in the tender.
“We are the world’s biggest company in the number of power units under construction,” Kalinin said.
Rosatom is one of the world’s biggest producers and suppliers of equipment for nuclear power plants. For instance, Rosatom’s subsidiary, Atomenergomash, unites more than 50 Russian and foreign companies, among which are producing enterprises, as well as engineering and research centres.
Equipment, which was produced by facilities of the subsidiary, was installed and is operating at 13 percent of the world’s nuclear power plants and 40 percent of thermal power plants of Russia and former Soviet republics. The company exports its goods to 20 countries.
The Russian government is the guarantor of Rosatom’s efficiency, he said.
“We are seeking to become the global corporation,” Kalinin said. “We plan to be in the top three biggest corporations of the world in the sphere by 2020. We plan to increase the share of our foreign incomes to 25 percent of the company’s total profit,” he said, repeating, “We do our best to become the world’s leader in the atomic energy sector.”
The forum was mainly aimed at drawing the bigger number of good, service and equipment suppliers, who will deliver their products for the construction of Russia-designed nuclear power plants in Russia and outside.
More than 250 delegates from twelve European countries took part in the forum.
Rosatom was represented at the forum as the global partner in the atomic energy industry.