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Rosatom presents SMR technology at Dubai Expo

It celebrates Small Modular Reactors (SMR), an international platform for discussing the benefits of SMR

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  • 23 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Rosatom presents SMR technology at Dubai Expo

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State Nuclear Energy Corporation of Russia, Rosatom celebrated Small Modular Reactors (SMR) Day, hosting an event at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev, World Nuclear Association director general Sama Bilbao Y. Leon, UAE Atomic Energy Corporation Director General Mohamed Al-Hammadi and Russian Ambassador to the UAE Timur Zabirov, among others, attended the event on Thursday.

SMR Day was an international platform for discussing the benefits of small modular reactors and the prospects of their development across the world.    The programme was opened by a multimedia demonstration on benefits of small modular reactor-based nuclear power plants in a wide range of climates while ensuring a stable supply of electricity and achieving decarbonization goals, said a press release.

Rosatom’s DG said: “For me personally, last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow was a watershed moment. I literally felt the winds of change.”

“Not just at COP26 but at all energy and climate conferences in 2021 it was clear that people were realising that a carbon-free future is impossible without the peaceful use of nuclear technology.”

Likhachev said, “The role that nuclear energy can play in helping the world move away from hydrocarbons and meet our collective climate goals is now firmly in the public consciousness.”

He noted: “The advantages of large-scale nuclear power plants are obvious – they provide access to a reliable, uninterrupted, low-carbon source of electricity in countries with high energy demand and well-developed infrastructure.”

 “Small modular reactors occupy a different niche. They supply power to remote regions, island states, countries with lower power needs or specific industrial projects, such as mining projects,” Rosatom DG added. “There are other clear advantages of small modular reactor technologies, include their ability to quickly scale power up and down to meet demand – quicker construction periods and lower start-up costs.”

“It seems to me that giving everyone access to low-carbon energy, especially in a world where almost a billion people still do not have such access, is a goal we must strive to achieve,” said Alexey Likhachev.

Kirill Komarov, Rosatom’s first Deputy General Director, Director of Development and International Business, noted that Rosatom is not just offering conceptual technology, but is already successfully operating SMRs in Russia.

“The floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov has been supplying the port city of Pevek in Russia’s Chukotka region with both electricity and heat for more than two years,” he said.

“We have also started developing our first land-based SMR nuclear power plant in Yakutia, which will be equipped with RITM-200N reactors and will be connected to the grid in 2028.”

Representatives of the governments and management of energy companies from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines spoke about how SMRs could solve a wide range of national development problems.

The head of Seligdar stressed that only SMRs were able to provide reliable energy supply at a predictable price for the company's projects in northern Russia.

Several agreements were signed during SMR Day. These included a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation to construct SMR nuclear power plants, signed by Rosatom and the Energy Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Rusatom Overseas signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Armenian nuclear power plant and a Memorandum of Intent with mining company Seligdar.