On Monday, Tunisia entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Russian Federation, which sets out the basis for peaceful uses of atomic energy.
Present at the signing was Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, director general Sergy Kirienko and Tunisia’s minister of higher education and scientific research, Salim Khalbous, Nuclear Street reported.
Atomic energy on the cards for Tunisia
The nuclear corporation said in a statement that the agreement forms the legal basis for bilateral cooperation between the two countries “in quite a number of areas of the civil nuclear power, which include assistance in development and improvement of Tunisian nuclear infrastructure in compliance with international recommendations; design and construction of nuclear power and research reactors, as well as desalination plants and particle accelerators.”
The firm added that the areas extend to include: “Uranium exploration and mining; research of mineral resources of Tunisia for the purposes of the nuclear industry development; nuclear fuel cycle services for nuclear power plants and research reactors; radioactive waste management; production of radioisotopes and their application in industry, medicine and agriculture; nuclear and radiation safety; education, training and retraining of nuclear specialists, etc.”
The atomic energy firm noted that the agreement “envisages the formation of the coordination committee that will control the Agreement implementation, handle any issues that may arise in the process of the implementation, and consult on any matters related to peaceful uses of atomic energy.”
The statement added that the relevant parties involved committed to establish joint work teams that will carry out particular projects and scientific research, share experiments, organise seminars and symposiums, assist in scientific and technical personnel training, exchange scientific and research information for the purposes of the Agreement.