Rosatom Training Egyptians On NPP Operations

Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom said this week that the first group of Egyptian technicians began training at the St. Petersburg branch of Rosatom’s Technical Academy in anticipation of operations work at the planned El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant.
Rosatom imageThe training starts with six months of Russian language courses, Rosatom said.
The opening ceremony for the training program was attended by the Vice Board Chairman of NPPA Operation and Maintenance, General Supervisor of El-Dabaa NPP Project Management Mohamed Ramadan, Advisor to Rosatom’s Director General Vladimir Artisyuk, Director of Rosatom’s Educational Projects Valery Karezin, Vice President, Director of the NPP  El-Dabaa Construction Project of JSC ASE Grigory Sosnin, First Deputy Director General of JSC Rusatom Service Dmitry Pashevich, and the Rector of Rosatom’s Technical Academy Yuri Seleznev.
Ceremony attendees learned about trainees’ places of study and residence, sat in on the program’s first Russian language lesson, and discussed issues pertaining to the training of El-Dabaa NPP personnel.
The training program will have an enrollment of 465 Egyptian students. After the crash course in Russian, the Egyptian specialists will start their theoretical training course on the basis of a reference Rosatom nuclear power plant and will undergo practical training and internships at Leningrad NPP-2 and at other workplaces. Rosatom will train about 1,700 specialists in the framework of this program by 2028.
The program will take place at both Rosatom Technical Academy in Russia and the Nuclear Power Plant Training Centre in Egypt.
“Egypt is a developed, technological country that can become a leader on the African continent and solve global energy problems in partnership with Russia,” said Vladimir Artisyuk, Advisor to Rosatom’s Director-General. “There are many young people here who strive to get a good job in the future, and the country’s government is actively working on its youth agenda at an international level"
Since 2017, Egypt has organized the World Youth Forum, an annual project that attracts the participation of the top leadership of the United Nations and, since 2019, the top leadership of the IAEA. Such programs form the basis of Egypt’s large-scale national projects in the field of energy, including nuclear energy, he said. "There is reason to think that the country will become Africa’s energy producer."
According to the rector of Rosatom Technical Academy Yuri Seleznev, the St. Petersburg branch has made efforts to further equip its training facilities and modernize its IT infrastructure to improve the quality of training. Instructors, amongst them both experienced operators who have worked at nuclear power plants for many years and young specialists who have completed long technical training courses, have had internships at nuclear power plants, and are fluent in English, have been prepared to conduct training. An analytical simulator is also expected to be commissioned at the training site by the end of the year.
“Today is a historic day for Egyptian students: they are connecting their lives with nuclear power, and for our part, we must do everything possible to help them achieve success,” said Dmitry Pashevich, Rusatom Service JSC’s First Deputy Director-General.

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