November 8, 2012 in Commercial Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg arrived pilot batch of natural uranium supplied from Australia. This is the first delivery to the territory of the Russian Federation of Australian origin uranium, implemented in the framework of the signed in 2007, the Russian-Australian Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes (MEA).
- Ranger Mine, 250 kilometers east of Darwin (Australia)
The import of uranium was carried out pursuant to a contract between the companies of "TENEX" (a company of the State Corporation "Rosatom") and Energy Resources of Australia, Ltd (part of the group of companies Rio Tinto), signed on June 6, 2012 in Moscow at the international forum ATOMEXPO , 2012. Australian uranium will be sent to the JSC "Siberian Chemical Combine" for processing. In the future, low-enriched uranium hexafluoride, gained from Australian raw materials will be delivered JSC "TENEX" a foreign energy companies, nuclear power plant operators.
"The performance of this small but sign the contract, the reporting that will be provided by the Australian Government Agency Safeguards and Non-Proliferation (The Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office-ASNO) pursuant signed in June 2011 by the State Corporation" Rosatom "and ASNO memorandum to the Ministry of Railways opens the way for widespread use of Australian uranium as a raw material in the sale of Western energy companies for uranium enrichment services provided by Russian enterprises of the nuclear fuel cycle. This increases the competitiveness of the Russian supplier, "- said Lyudmila Zalimskaya, Acting Director General of JSC" TENEX ".
The easiest way to quote the words of Sergei Kiriyenko, the 5-year-old:
Australia has the world's largest reserves of natural uranium, but does not own the technology to enrich it. Russia, by contrast, has the largest processing plants, for which already do not have enough of its own raw materials. "Only one Australian mine" Olympic Dam "twice the reserves of all Russia," — said in Sydney Rosatom head Sergei Kiriyenko. "If Australia has 40% of the world's uranium reserves in Russia are concentrated 40% of the capacity of its processing, and an agreement on the supply of Australian uranium will increase the competitiveness of the domestic manufacturing complex" — said Kiriyenko.