A large delegation of 42 permanent representatives of foreign countries to international organizations in Vienna visited Saint-Petersburg to have a look at Russia’s advanced nuclear power technologies.
Ambassadors visited LLC Baltijskiy Zavod – Sudostroenie where they had a tour of the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov (designed to supply electricity to the seaport of Pevek and companies based in Chukotka) and a new generation nuclear icebreaker which is being built there. They also visited existing Leningrad NPP and Leningrad Phase II which is under construction (Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Region) where ROSATOM prepares the first criticality of the world’s second reactor of Generation 3+ (VVER-1200) which meets all post-Fukushima safety requirements.
The event was invited by Russia as a leading Member State of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a member of the IAEA Board of Governors. Since 2013 this has been the fifth visit arranged by the permanent mission of Russia to the IAEA and a record visit in terms of participants. The delegation included diplomats and nuclear experts from Austria, Brazil, China, Jordan, Hungary, Panama, Peru, Republic of South Africa, Singapore, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand and other countries.
Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, who was among the delegates, noted:
"I am very impressed by the cutting-edge technology that we were shown today. It is a huge responsibility for Rosatom, for the city of Saint Petersburg to ensure that this cutting-edge technology not only benefits its own citizens and the people in the world, but also ensures safety, because there is sometimes a trade-off between progress on the one hand and safety on the other hand. But these do not necessarily have to be mutually exclusive; they can co-exist. And if Rosatom is able to do this, it will be the world leader in many respects".