Officials from both countries are going to discuss the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology project in Zambia, which has been suspended due to COVID-19.
According to Shadreck Luwita, Zambia’s ambassador to Russia, the parties are expected to hold a videoconference this September and then present the updated roadmap of the project. Official visits are to begin once the global lockdown has ended.
Let us recall that the State Specialized Design Institute, the only shareholder of which is Rosatom Overseas, and the Government of Zambia signed a contract for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technologies back in May 2018. The project envisages the construction of a 10-megawatt nuclear installation, laboratory facilities, irradiation facility and a centre for studying nuclear medicine.
The project was expected to be completed by 2026, but at the beginning of 2020 its implementation was postponed. As for now, Zambia is expecting some «concrete steps» from the Russian Government.