State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Myanmar organized a seminar for experts and the academic community of Myanmar regarding Rosatom’s best practices and cutting-edge nuclear technologies. The event was dedicated to the prospect of the implementation of the project for the construction of a small nuclear power plant (SNPP) on the territory of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and further development of nuclear technologies and non-energy applications. The event witnessed the participation of over 40 senior representatives from ministries, universities and organizations, which are participating in the nuclear energy development program of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Ilya Sesyutchenkov, Rosatom representative, made his speech about the benefits of Rosatom’s technology for Small Modular Reactors. Rosatom has technologies for the construction of small nuclear power plants, both floating and land-based. Rosatom is already implementing a project for the construction of a small nuclear power plant in Yakutia based on proprietary technology of RITM-200H marine propulsion reactors, which has been developed with consideration of the long-time experience of small-scale reactors operations on the vessels of the Russian nuclear ice-breakers fleet. Small nuclear power plants are characterized by their compactness and modularity, short construction period and high safety standards. The world’s only floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) “Akademik Lomonosov” is currently operating in Chukotka (Russia). During the seminar, experts discussed the prospects for small-scale reactors development and how this technology can be applied in Myanmar. Ksenia Nikolaeva, Rosatom representative, introduced the audience to the capabilities of research reactors in the development of science, production and the environment.
Irina Svyato, Advisor to the General Director of Rusatom Healthcare, in her report presented Rusatom Healthcare’s products and prospects for cooperation between Russia and Myanmar in such areas as the development of nuclear medicine, the radiopharmaceutical industry, and the creation of multifunctional irradiation centers for the treatment of agricultural products and medical products with ionizing radiation.
In February 2023, the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the field of the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement is an essential milestone in developing cooperation between Russia and Myanmar on nuclear energy. The parties agreed on cooperation, aimed in particular at the implementation of the project for the construction of a small nuclear power plant (SNPP) on the territory of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In October 2023, on the sidelines of Russian Energy Week, the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of nuclear infrastructure assessment and enhancement.
Rosatom also actively cooperates with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in the field of wind energy development, aiming to build 372 MW of wind energy. For one of the projects, wind power potential assessment, a pre-design survey, and a feasibility study begin.