AS PART of preparations for the Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology being built in Chongwe, Rosatom Technical Academy and the World Nuclear University have signed an agreement to hold a specialised WNU school on radiation technologies in Russia this year.
According to a statement from Langmead Media, the agreement, which is within the framework of the international Nordic Nuclear Forum held in Helsinki early this month, was signed by the World Nuclear Association director general and WNU president Agneta Rising and Yuriy Seleznev, rector of Rosatom Technical Academy. The school is a two-week programme of lectures and practical sessions delivered by experts in the field of radiation application and isotope production. It is held biennially by the WNU in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (the previous school was organised in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2017), with the agency providing the school with financial support through scholarships.
In 2019, the school will be held in Obninsk, Russia’s first science city, becoming a significant step in the establishment of a system for training personnel for future Centres of Nuclear Science and Technology.
It is planned to invite participants from countries that are potential recipients of CNSTs to demonstrate the capacities Obninsk possesses in operating research reactors (Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physics and Chemistry, NIFKhI), isotope production (IPPE), their application in medicine (A. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Centre, MRRC) and agriculture (Russian Institute of Agricultural Radiology and Argoecology, RIARAE).
On May 15, 2018, Zambia and Russian State Nuclear Corporation ROSATOM signed a general contract for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Chongwe. The project will be implemented in several stages within 3-6 years from the commencement date.
Construction of the centre is the first joint project of Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.
“The establishment of The Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology will be useful for training of personnel for nuclear programmes. It is also important to note that there will be other resultant benefits such as increased foreign exchange earnings, creation of employment opportunities, gaining access to the international markets for Zambia’s agricultural products and increased competitiveness and viability of Zambian industries,” higher education minister Nkandu Luo said.
The research reactor (RR) is the heart of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology. Globally 243 research reactors are in operation in 55 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Congo and South Africa, and 10 more are now under construction.
Zambia will become the 9th African country to possess a research reactor of 10 MW. Its main applications in industry are transport installations, seawater desalination, hydrogen production, district heating, industrial radiography and other non-destructive testing methods, material modification and security screening systems.