Nuclear giant Rosatom visits NWU
On Thursday 21 May, world renowned nuclear physicist, Professor Vladimir Artisyuk, gave a guest lecture on ‘Nuclear Power and Safety: The Russian Way’ at North West University’s (NWU) Engineering Faculty on the Potchefstroom Campus.
Professor Artisyuk, Rosatom’s Vice-Rector of the Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training, discussed Russia’s solutions to the world’s current energy challenges by highlighting the state-of-the-art technology that Rosatom employs in its nuclear power plants. It is the same technology that Rosatom hopes to provide to South Africa and the rest of the continent.
This was followed by an awards ceremony that recognised the winners of Rosatom’s regional essay competition that focussed on ‘Fulfilling the energy need and developing a nuclear industry in South Africa’.
The overall winner was Ebhard Nilsen from the NWU’s Faculty of Engineering, with Sandile Kumalo and Mapheto Masibane (both from Wits) in second and third place. Rosatom awarded the authors of the three best essays and their supervisors a trip to Russia to visit a number of Russian nuclear power complex sites, including a nuclear power plant, a reactor model and a nuclear fuel plant.
Professor Vladimir Artisyuk with Pukki.