Rosatom’s work abroad not affected by pandemic, according to DG: Corporate
February 05, 2021
Rosatom’s foreign order portfolio remains at over $ 250 billion and, with a 10-year perspective, “hovers around” $ 140 billion, CEO Alexei Likhachov said yesterday during his meeting with Prime Minister. Russian Minister Mikhail Michoustine. The two discussed the results of the work of the state-owned company in 2020, the implementation of ongoing projects, as well as the direction of strategic development, including green regulation and the digitization of the economy. .
Mishustin and Likhachov yesterday (Image: Russian government)
Rosatom has invested around 250 billion rubles from its own funds and 130 billion rubles from the state budget.
“This is a lot of money, and I want to point out to you that we have almost 100% cash execution of the budget, that we work very carefully and responsibly with the money from the state budget”, Likhachov said.
Mishustin noted that Rosatom is active in 12 countries, including Belarus where a VVER-1200 unit is being commissioned.
“It seems to me that Rosatom has gone far beyond just nuclear power and that you are now engaged in a number of technologies more broadly,” he said. “It’s digital technology, it’s quantum computing, laser technology, and more.”
Likhachov said he was happy that, “in a difficult year,” Russian President Vladimir Putin signed (in April 2020) the decree Development of equipment, technology and scientific research in the field of atomic energy use in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024.
“Everything did not go as we expected in 2020 and there have been some difficulties,” he said. “But we haven’t stopped any construction work, and in fact, we’ve dramatically increased foreign income.” It is thanks to the help of Rosaviation, the border service and the Ministry of Health to move 22,000 employees of Rosatom to its construction sites in other countries.
Rosatom strives to promote nuclear energy as a low-carbon source of electricity not only in Russia but internationally, Likhachov said.
As part of this effort, he highlighted Russia’s adherence to the United Nations Global Compact – the United Nations largest international initiative on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
“We are not standing still. We work with the United Nations and have joined the United Nations Global Compact and we have our own policy there. But we understand that we will not be able to fend for ourselves, and in this sense, of course, within the framework of international negotiations, within the framework of bilateral and multilateral contacts, the promotion of nuclear energy as being respectful of the environment. , like green, is extremely important to us.
The transcript of their discussion is here.
Research and writing by World Nuclear News