Framatome and Slovenské elektrárne Extend Their Long-Term Partnership
Framatome (ENS Corporate Member) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a global strategic relationship with the Slovak company Slovenské elektrárne.
The signing ceremony took place in Bratislava during the visit and meeting between the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron and the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Caputova.
This MoU sets up the basis for future strategy and an agreement for further discussions about the extension of the long-term commercial relationship between Framatome and Slovenské elektrárne on identified additional domains of interest in nuclear.
The domains of expertise included in the MoU are nuclear operations and maintenance, nuclear fuel, safety instrumentation & control, and cybersecurity, as well as the feasibility of nuclear medicine and radioisotope production in Slovakia.
The historical relationship and cooperation between Slovenské elektrárne and Framatome are deployed in nuclear operation and maintenance, as well as services provided by Framatome for both Bohunice and Mochovce nuclear power plants. In particular, Framatome supplied the safety instrumentation and control system to the recently built Mochovce-3 and -4 reactors.
Read the full Framatome Press Release.
Efforts to develop a European nuclear fuel solution that avoids any disruption in critical services and reduces dependence on European imports have been also discussed.
Framatome is among the companies that are taking steps forward to support several European countries in diversifying their nuclear fuel supply, especially for VVER reactors.
The importance of the diversification of nuclear fuel suppliers has often been underlined by the Euratom Supply Agency (ENS member), which reminded that diversification is paramount to prevent excessive dependence of EU users on any single third-country supplier and to achieve security of supply of nuclear fuels in the medium and long term.