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08:09 AM, January 28, 2020
Preparatory Work Commenced to Set Up Russian Nuclear Power Plant in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has kickstarted preparations in connection with building a new nuclear power plant in the country under an agreement initially signed with Russia's Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation in October 2017.

"Officials from Rosatom and Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology have met twice since the signing of agreement, during which a working group was set up," Alemayehu Tegu, Ambassador of the African Republic to Russia, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

“Now they're drawing up an action plan, after which, we'll inch closer towards commencing the construction of the nuclear power plant," he said.

While the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in 2017, an Intergovernmental framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy was signed on the side lines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum, two years later.

Areas of cooperation under the agreement, that Rosatam claims "will serve as a springboard for active dialogue between the two countries in the field of nuclear technologies" include: developing nuclear infrastructure in accordance with international recommendations; applying nuclear and radiation safety regulations and overseeing the physical security of nuclear materials, sources of radiation, storage facilities for nuclear materials and radioactive substances, as well as accounting and control systems for nuclear materials, radioactive substances, and radioactive waste; implementing fundamental and applied research for peaceful uses of nuclear technologies; producing and using radioisotopes in various industries, including healthcare and agriculture; cooperating in the field of radiation technologies and nuclear medicine applications; and educating, training, and retraining specialists for the nuclear industry.

Established in 2007, Rosatom comprises more than 360 enterprises, including scientific research organizations, the nuclear weapons complex, and the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. The corporation ranks first in the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects: 33 nuclear power plant units in 12 countries.

In recent years, main customers of Rosatom are India, China, Turkey, Bangladesh. The company is implementing a nuclear power plant construction project in Finland, Hungary and Belarus.