20 April, 2018, Novovoronezh (Russia) – Zambian MPs visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NVNPP) yesterday, on 19 April. The tour was held in framework of the official visit of the delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Zambia to the Russian Federation.
Patrick Matibini, Head of the delegation, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Zambia said: “Power is the lifeline of the economy. Most of power in Zambia is produced from hydro which is dependent on the nature and the rainfall. And in the last years, unfortunately, we had very little rainfall. This has affected the amount of water in dams and the generation of the power. And that’s why we are exploring different forms of energy, namely nuclear power. At the NVNPP, I was very impressed with the magnitude of the investment: the buildings, the equipment, the size of the human power. And of course, the amount of power itself – over 2400 Mw at the new units. In Zambia we will go a long way in our meeting our challenges for the provision of electricity”.
The MPs visited the NVNPP Training Center, which provides educational opportunities for specialists at from a number of Rosatom’s partner countries. They also took a tour of the plant’s Unit 6. Commissioned on February 27, 2018, it boasts the world’s first Gen 3+ advanced VVER-1200 reactor. The delegates visited the main control room and turbine hall of unit 6, as well as the SF6-insulated switch unit.
“We are actively cooperating with our Zambian partners on the construction of a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology that will open up fundamentally new opportunities to develop science, agriculture, healthcare and education in the country. We also have plans to increase our cooperation in the nuclear power industry. Rosatom is willing to provide maximum support to Zambian partners in large-scale projects in peaceful use of nuclear technology,” said Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas.