Rusatom Overseas, a division of Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom has signed a project development agreement with Zambia, paving the way for a preliminary feasibility study into the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant.
The signing took place on Monday during the yearly international nuclear forum Atomexpo 2017.
Rosatom also signed several agreements with Zambian State departments to start construction on a Zambia Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology.
Rusatum Overseas and the Ministry of Higher Education signed a PDA for the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology.
A contract for services of assessment and development of the nuclear infrastructure in Zambia, a contractor for preliminary engineering survey in Zambia by Rosatom’s affiliate Atomstroiexport and an agreement on setup of a nuclear science and technology center in Zambia were also signed also.
This contract provides for the assessment of various elements of the country’s potential nuclear infrastructure and drawing up of a plan for their development in accordance with the recommendations set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Rusatom Overseas President Evgeny Pakermanov said Rosatom was ready to render its full assistance to Zambia in the development of that country’s national nuclear science and technology sector.
“The agreements signed today represent a very important step in the implementation of the project,” he stated.
He added that Rosatom expected the general contract for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology to be agreed and signed before end of the year.
The ninth edition of the Atomexpo is currently being held in Moscow, Russia.