BATAN, UI strengthens cooperation with Russia

BATAN, UI strengthens cooperation with Russia

Documentation of Indonesian nuclear researchers inspects multi-purpose research nuclear reactor GA Siwabessy belongs to BATAN in Banten Province, last year. (ANTARA FOTO/BNPT/RN)

... The fuel device available from TVEL has been used in many research centers around the world and it is of high quality...
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) and the University of Indonesia (UI) has strengthened cooperation with Russian nuclear state company Rosatom in the field of construction of a research reactor, as well as development of education about nuclear sciences.

Such cooperation has been stated in an agreement signed during the international forum ATOMEXPO VIII in Moscow, Russia.

Director of Multipurpose Reactor Development of BATAN, Bambang Herutomo, in a written statement on Thursday, said that Rosatom TVEL, the Rosatom subsidiary engaged in providing nuclear fuel, has the competence and experience in the field of fabrication research of reactor fuel.

"The fuel device available from TVEL has been used in many research centers around the world and it is of high quality," he remarked.

In the agreement, signed by Batan and Rosatom TVEL, the two sides agreed on the details of the roadmap related to the nuclear fuel cycle.

The agreement is designed to follow up on the December 14, 2015 agreement, and primarily defines measures of specific interactions in the delivery of Russian nuclear fuel for a research reactor in Indonesia.

BATAN is developing the fourth research reactor to be built in Puspitek Serpong. Three other reactors have been built in Serpong, Yogyakarta, and Bandung.

The research reactor is not used for commercial purposes, but it is used for internal research.

Meanwhile, President of Rosatom International Network (RIN), Alexander Merten, and UI Rector, Muhammad Anis, signed an agreement on May 30, 2016.

Both sides expressed their commitment to build cooperation between the UI and universities in Russia, as well as with research, education, and cooperation with the Development Center of Rosatom.

The joint venture is designed to increase public awareness about the importance of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and sustainable development.

Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, incorporates more than 360 enterprises and scientific institutions, including all civil nuclear companies in Russia, research organizations and the worlds only nuclear-propelled fleet.

Rosatom operates 26.3 GigaWatts of nuclear power capacity and is supervising 38 nuclear reactor construction projects. Of these, 29 projects are outside Russia.

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