AREVA participates in the 50th anniversary of the Mongolian Nuclear Energy Commission

December 06, 2013

December 5 and 6, 2013, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Mongolian Nuclear Energy Commission and the fortieth year Mongolia has been a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). A scientific conference on the theme of "nuclear energy over the past 50 years" was held on this occasion, and the Mongolian Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the country's nuclear watchdog, invited the main actors in the sector, including AREVA Mongol, to present their activities during an exhibition.

The Mongolian Prime Minister, Mr. N. Altankhuyag, said, "nuclear technology is vital for the country's development." He noted that the state-run company Mon-Atom had signed an agreement with AREVA Mongol, which is jointly owned by AREVA and Mitsubishi Corporation, and that Mongolia would produce yellowcake in accordance with laws and regulations. He also encouraged the scientists present at the meeting to communicate in a simple and educational way with the general public to explain that uranium mining is not dangerous when standards are respected.

Mr. Y. Amono, president of the IAEA, congratulated Mongolia on adhering to the IAEA's values for forty years and on the particularly active role of the national university in promoting regional cooperation in Asia and the development of the teaching of nuclear technologies.

Mr. N. Tegshbayar, president of the NEA, concluded by saying, "the Zoovch Ovoo deposit, with its 54,000 tons of uranium discovered by the AREVA subsidiary Cogegobi, will help to position Mongolia among the largest producers."