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“Rosatom” RF State Corporation and JSC ASE EC will hold the first Festival of Science in Chennai

20.07.2017 15:00  |  

Chennai will be the venue of the first Festival of Science which is to be held from July 20 till July 27, 2017 as a series of nuclear science and technology educational events organized by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and JSC ASE EC with collaboration of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Chennai (India).


As part of the programme for secondary and higher school students and teachers, Mikhail Kornienko, RF space pilot, Ilya Kabanov, science journalist, Andrey Akatov, assistant professor of the St-Petersburg State Technology Institute will deliver speeches  in educational institutions of Chennai and the Center of Science and Technologies of Tamil Nadu. 



Andrey Lebedev, Vice-President for the South Asia Projects of ASE Group of Companies (as part of Rosatom), pointed out that: “The Festival of Science will first of all promote development of international relations rather than facilitate the public access to the site of scientific knowledge or be a tool of generating ideas for the future.  Kudankulam NPP is a symbol of the Russian-Indian relations in the nuclear power. It is our hope that the Russian-Indian cooperation will see the successful progress in future and the Festival will help to answer participants’ topical nuclear questions.”.

The Festival is to enable the participants to learn how nuclear technologies raise the human livings standards, they will learn about up-to-date methods of their use and their role in the  national  growth”, Alexey Pimenov, Regional Vice-President “Rosatom-South Asia” added.  



For the first time ever, the Festival will see presentation of “Nuclear A-B-C Book”in the Tamil language dedicated to nuclear issues.


For reference:

Kudankulam NPP


Within the framework of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India on cooperation in construction of additional power units of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, as well as  construction of nuclear power plant on new sites in the Republic of India according to Russian design, dated  of 5th December 2008, the Parties started implementation of Kudankulam NPP power units 3 and 4 with VVER-1000 MW reactor plant each.


In July 2012, the Protocol to the Agreement on terms of extension of Russian state credit  for construction of Kudankulam NPP power units 3 and 4, was signed.


In March 2013 Indian governmental organizations approved implementation of the Project (construction of power units 3 and 4). On 10.04.2014 the GFA on construction of Kudankulam NPP units 3 and 4 was signed.

In January 2016 the Indian regulator granted permission for starting the construction of  power units 3 and 4.
On June 29, 2017 the ceremony of pouring of concrete into the foundation slab of the reactor compartment of Kudankulam NPP Unit No. 3 marked the commencement of construction works of the NPP second stage .


Kudankulam NPP is constructed as per Atomenergoproekt JSC design with VVER-1000 MW power units, which fully satisfies the requirements of valid regulatory and technical documents of Russia, IAEA and which is certified for compliance with the requirements of European operating organizations club (EUR).

Kudankulam NPP is constructed in Tamil Nadu state of India within the scope of Russian-Indian agreement dated November 20th, 1988 and its attachments dated June 21st, 1998 and the Agreement as of December 08, 2008.

General Contractor (regarding detailed design, equipment supply and technical assistance) - Atomstroyexport JSC. General Designer -  Atomenergoproekt JSC. Customer - Nuclear Power Corporation of India (Ltd) (NPCIL).


Information about the speakers:
Mikhail Kornienko


Russian space pilot. Worked as a flight engineer at the 23/24 International Cosmic Station and was elected with Scott Kelly as a crew member of the annual space cruise at the International Cosmic Station of Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft.


Ilya Kabanov


Science journalist, editor of the metkere.com general-audience science blog and head of the namesake scientific communications agency, organizer of educational events. His scientific metkere.com blog won numerous professional awards, including the Deutsche Welle Prize for the best Russian blog. Metkere.com covers such areas as technology, astronomy, biotechnology, archaeology, medicine, physics and innovations.  The blog has over 10 000 subscribers. In 2012, Ilya Kabanov became the co-author of the scientific “Science-based answers to astronautical questions” book. His projects include as well scientific festivals, popular science conferences and educational programmes.


Andrey Akatov


Assistant professor of the St-Petersburg State Technology Institute (Technical University).  He is the co-author of over 20 popular science books, booklets and web-sites in the area of nuclear technologies and radiation safety.  He is the author of R&D works in the area of radioactive waste management and decontamination.

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ASE group of companies was established in the frame of the engineering division of Rosatom State Corporation by merging leading companies of the industry: JSC ASE EC, Atomstroyexport JSC, Atomenergoproekt JSC, ATOMPROEKT JSC.

ASE is one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering and accounts for 30% of the global NPP construction market. Representative offices, branches and front offices are operating in 15 countries. Over 80% of the portfolio are accounted for by foreign projects.


It implements high power NPP designing and construction projects, nuclear research and research reactor centres, RAW and SNF management facilities, thermal power facilities and renders services within the full range of EPC, EPC(M) and PMC for any complex engineering facilities.

ASE company develops and implements an innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering objects construction which allows more efficient management of budgeting, deadlines and quality.
The President of the ASE group is Valery Limarenko, Doctor of Economics.


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