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Rosatom took part in RRFM 2022 conference

Divisions of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation took part in the annual European Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) organized by the European Nuclear Society (ENS), which finished up in Budapest, Hungary, on June 10, 2022.

The conference was attended by more than 130 experts from twenty countries, including Europe, the USA, Latin America, and Asia.

Representatives of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation shared the best practices in research reactor operations, commercial use of isotopic products and Rosatom's overseas projects for the construction of Centers for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) and also told about the progress of the MBIR project.

In particular, Anton Shargin, Deputy Director General for Commercial Affairs of Isotope JSC, noted that: "A fundamental issue addressed with research reactors is still a stable production of radioisotope products for nuclear medicine. One of our priorities is, therefore, an increase and modernization of production facilities to satisfy the growing need of radiopharmaceutical companies. Ensuring the stability of the supply chain, from the reactor to the final consumer, is a key challenge that requires active international cooperation to overcome logistics and other hurdles in the post-pandemic times."

Vasily Konstantinov, Director for International Science and Technology Projects, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, and Artem Goncharuk, Head of the International Department, Consortium Leader of MBIR Reactor International Research Centre (IRC MBIR), LLC, presented a report on the project for the MBIR Reactor International Research Centre.

"MBIR will be the most powerful research SFR in the world. Its unique physical characteristics will make it possible to do full-cycle research of promising materials and equipment for Gen IV reactor technologies and carry out a wide range of activities in the field of non-energy application. By the time the reactor is put into operation, it will be used to deploy an International Research Centre (IRC), the world's centre of fast reactor competencies, for scientists from every corner of the earth. To date, the reactor is being built at a higher rate; this means that it may be commissioned ahead of schedule. The reactor vessel has been delivered to the site of RIAR JSC in Dimitrovgrad this year. In parallel, we are developing an international program for promising experimental research. For this end, we have forged an IRC MBIR Advisory Board, including outstanding Russian and foreign nuclear scientists. The first meeting of the Advisory Board will be held in July to approve the membership and elaborate an action plan for 2022-2023. Representatives of more than ten nuclear industry organizations from around the globe have already expressed their substantial interest in the International Research Centre," said Vasily Konstantinov.

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Rosatom has extensive experience in the implementation of research reactor projects both in Russia and in other countries. In total, more than 120 nuclear research reactors, including 22 research reactors made overseas, have been built with the support of Rosatom. At the moment, Rosatom operates approximately 20% of all research reactors in the world.

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