Russia and Myanmar have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of atomic energy. The agreement covered 14 areas of nuclear technology development including the construction of NPPs, and the use of nuclear technology in health, agriculture, and industrial manufacturing. It also included cooperation on nuclear disaster safety, security and emergency response. The two sides agreed to work together to implement a project for a low-power NPP (ASMM) in Myanmar.
“The creation of a new industry in the country will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the energy, industry and economy of Myanmar, said Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev. “Nuclear technologies guarantee the country stable and clean energy, and will also give a powerful impetus to the development of natural sciences, education and training of highly qualified personnel.”
General Min Aung Hlayna, Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Administrative Council, said the agreement “is not only the beginning of cooperation on the implementation of the low-power nuclear power plant project, but also the general use of nuclear technology in various fields”.
The signing of the intergovernmental agreement took place as part of a ceremony to launch the Atomic Technology Information Centre (ICAT), a joint project between Rosatom and the Myanmar Ministry of Science & Technology. The information centre in Yangon will offer knowledge about the principles of the nuclear industry, the operation of NPPs, and use of the nuclear in non-energy areas. It will make possible a new level of training for the personnel needed to develop Myanmar’s nuclear industry. It was the 25th ICAT established by Rosatom and the sixth established abroad.
Image: Russia, Myanmar signing of intergovernmental agreement (courtesy of Rosatom)