Rusatom Healthcare, a division of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and Philippines firm A Brown Company Inc (ABCI) on 9 September signed a framework agreement on the construction of network of irradiation centres in the Philippines. This follows on from a memorandum of understanding concluded between Rosatom subsidiary Rusatom International Network and ABCI in June. The agreement affirms the commitment of the companies to move towards the execution of construction project of the network of irradiation centres to be built by Rusatom Healthcare using equipment and technologies supplied by Rosatom. The use of radiation technologies will increase the shelf life of products, prevent the germination of vegetables, remove insect pests, sterilize medical products, and also provide an opportunity to conduct a number of scientific studies. The contract for preparatory work on the construction of the centre at a site chosen by the parties is planned to be concluded before the end of 2017. Subsequent contracts, for the design, production, delivery and installation of the main equipment, will be signed in 2018.

“These technologies unlock exciting opportunities for various industries,” said ABCI President Roel Castro. “They help to save foods and to modify materials for industry. A Brown’s experience in infrastructure project development and agribusiness, combined with Rosatom’s experience in nuclear technology as well as the continued support of the Duterte government, will help to further drive innovations in the country.” Rusatom Healthcare CEO Denis Cherednichenko said: “Rusatom Healthcare offers a turn-key solution in radiation technologies, which will include design and construction of the irradiation centres, equipment manufacturing and delivery, training of personnel and commissioning of the facility.