SOCHI, November 22. /TASS/. Rosatom is discussing the use of small nuclear power plants (SNPP) and floating nuclear plants with a number of African states, President of Rusatom Overseas (part of Rosatom state corporation) Yevgeny Pakermanov said at the Atomexpo-2022 forum on Tuesday.
"We support [this policy] of holding a dialogue with our African colleagues. Since power supply systems in Africa are not as developed as on the European continent, for African states, SNPP projects are the best solution, and they will be in maximum demand. We continue to work with Rwanda, Nigeria and other countries of the region. A floating NPP may be very promising in this region, and we are also discussing the use of FNHPP (floating nuclear heat and power plant - TASS) with our colleagues from a number of countries in the African region. I think we will be able to reach specific agreements soon," he said.
According to figures provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there are around 50 projects and concepts for small nuclear power plants, or small modular reactors (SMRs) as the IAEA defines them, throughout the world. The majority of them are at various stages of development, with some projects expected to be implemented very soon, according to reports. Four SMRs are at advanced stages of construction in Russia, Argentina and China now. Meanwhile, several other countries having nuclear power plants and countries embarking on nuclear power development are conducting research and development work on SMRs, according to the agency.
The international forum Atomexpo-2022 is one of the most important events in the global nuclear sector. Leading experts and specialists from over 50 countries are partaking in the forum, whose main theme is entitled: ‘Nuclear Spring: Creating a Sustainable Future’. The role of nuclear energy living up to the goals of the global climate agenda and the contribution of nuclear technology into reaching the UN’s sustainable development targets is being debated at the forum on November 21-22.