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PIR Center Advisor Dr. Vladimir Orlov visits Angarsk

04.10.2017

ANGARSK, OCTOBER 4, 2017. PIR PRESS. “When we say “multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle” in the realm of nuclear power, this is a correct, yet an abstract notion. However, I have always been interested in its practical dimension. And I wanted to find out how these multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) work at, in fact, the only facility in the world, where several states jointly own the shares of the International Uranium Enrichment Center (IUEC). Along with Russia, the members now include Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Ukraine. The IUEC has just turned 10 years. It is time to evaluate its past and look into the future,” Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Founder and Special Advisor to the PIR Center. 

An “go-and-see” visit by Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Founder and Special Advisor of the PIR Center, took place in Angarsk, where the International Uranium Enrichment Center (IUEC) and the Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Combine (AECC) are located. During the visit, he held meetings with Gleb Efremov, IUEC General Director, and Alexander Dudin, AECC General Director. 

“When we say “multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle” in the realm of nuclear power, this is a correct, yet an abstract notion. However, I have always been interested in its practical dimension. And I wanted to find out how these multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) work at, in fact, the only facility in the world, where several states jointly own the shares of the International Uranium Enrichment Center (IUEC). Along with Russia, the members now include Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Ukraine. The IUEC has just turned 10 years. It is time to evaluate its past and look into the future,”– Vladimir Orlov explained the purpose of his visit. 

During the trip, an on-site visit took place at the industrial cite – the warehouse of JSC “IUEC”. According to Gleb Efremov (in Russian), “the Center in Angarsk was established under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Currently, a guaranteed stock of low-enriched uranium (LEU) of more than 120 tons (69 containers) is currently stored here, which is enough to provide two reloads of a 1-gigawatt reactor. Supplies from the guaranteed stock are carried out by the IAEA Director-General’s decision.” 

The IUEC Director General also gave an exclusive interview to Dr. Vladimir Orlov, in which he discussed the intermediate results of the organization’s activities: “The basic result is that we proved in practice the consistency of the initiative announced by the President in 2006. The Center was created. The center was held not simply as a legal entity, but as an operating structure, which today in practice carries out guaranteed delivers to, unfortunately, only one shareholder so far. However, I think even in 10 years, to achieve such a result was also a success, and it shows that the concept, the idea behind the creation of our International Uranium Enrichment Center is working.” 

“An interesting, informative, and thorough conversation it turned out to be. [We have discussed] the results of the IUEC activities for the last 10 years. And the interaction with the IAEA, the annual IAEA inspection at the IUEC facility in Angarsk. And the new contract with Ukraine, one of the IUEC’s shareholders. And – the main thing – the plans of the IUEC, as well as its potential state-shareholders”– commented the Founder and Special Advisor of the PIR Center on the meeting and shared his impressions about the visit: “I am leaving Angarsk with a strengthened understanding that the future is with the IUEC, and this is the role model, a world standard for adopting a multilateral approach to the nuclear fuel cycle. Having established the IUEC 10 years ago, Rosatom turned out to be on top things in this field as well.” 

Dr. Vladimir Orlov visited Angarsk during his trip in Russia, when we drove a car from Moscow to Transbaikal for a total of 17 thousand kilometers, visited 21 regions and more than three dozen cities of the Russian Federation. He shared his impressions from this trip on his Facebook page (in Russian). 

In November, PIR Center will issue its monthly electronic newsletter Yaderny Kontrol (in Russian) dedicated to the activities of the International Uranium Enrichment Center. The central piece of the issue will be the interview of the General Director of the IEUC Gleb Efremov on the anniversary of the organization. 

For questions regarding PIR Center’s “Nonproliferation and Russia” program, please, contact us by phone at +7 (495) 987-1915 or by email orlov at pircenter.org. 

The pictures have been provided by the AEEC Press Office.

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