On September 10-14, 2018, the delegation of the Republic of Rwanda, headed by Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Rwanda in the Russian Federation Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya visited research facilities and power generating enterprises of State Corporation Rosatom. The visit was a part of ongoing cooperation between the two countries in a wide range of areas, which includes development of the nuclear infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda, development of awareness programs regarding nuclear technologies for the general population, and use of radioactive isotopes and radiation technologies in industry, agriculture and medicine.
Earlier, on June 22, 2018 in Moscow, Rosatom State Corporation and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding in the area of cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The memorandum is the first document signed by the two countries in the sphere of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The delegation visited Leypunsky Institute of Physics and Energy, the Memorial Complex of the first NPP in the world in Obninsk and the Novovoronezh NPP. The delegation toured the exhibition at the museum of the first NPP in the world, and learned about the history of creating the station. The guests were told about the unique knowledge, experience and technology generated here that helped further development of the nuclear power industry of the country. They also visited the reactor room and the control room of the first NPP in the world. Staff of the Museum at the Institute of Physics and Energy told the visitors about the initial research areas at the Science Center of the Institute, its most remarkable leading researchers and the best known projects of scientists from Obninsk.
At Novovoronezh NPP (NVNPP) the delegation visited the plant’s Instructional Center that administers learning programs to specialists from a number of partner countries of Rosatom, and viewed the first-ever 3rd generation power-generating unit with the VVER-1200 reactor (unit 6 at NVNPP), which was connected to the grid on February 27, 2017.
After the visit, the head of the delegation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda in the Russian Federation Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya shared her impressions of the visit: “Rwanda has plans to develop the nuclear power industry. Construction of a nuclear power plant is our national project. I was very much impressed by the practices at the new power-generating unit of Novovoronezhskaya NPP; this is an excellent facility where all safety measures are being strictly observed.