As the investment in Paks progressed, Vitaly Polyanin took over the project management tasks from Aleksandr Merten, who retained the supervision of strategic affairs.
Paks II. by entering the direct construction phase of the nuclear power plant, the former director Alexander Mertenas the project manager of the main contractor Atomstrojexport (ASZE), hands over his project manager assignment To Vitaly Polyanin. The new manager will manage the construction of new nuclear power plant units, the provision of construction materials and equipment, and design and construction documentation. Aleksandr Merten continues to be responsible for strategic matters, including the coordination of political, financial and legal cooperation concerning the project – the portal quotes ASZE’s announcement.
Until now, Vitaly Polyanin, the vice president of the Atomstrojexport company, was the construction project manager of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, which began commercial operation at the beginning of November 2023. The new Paks project director took office on November 20, 2023, after the direct implementation phase of the project began on August 21, 2023.
Given that Paks II, which is being built on the territory of the European Union. nuclear power plant investment has many peculiarities, Aleksandr Merten, as the vice president of the main contractor ASZE and the first deputy director of Rusatom International Network (RAIN), continues to supervise the strategic aspects of the project’s implementation. It also includes the coordination of political, financial and legal cooperation with foreign partners of the ASZE company, as well as the establishment and maintenance of relations with Hungarian and foreign companies and many other issues.
According to the announcement, Vitaly Polyanin has been in charge of the construction of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant since 2018. Under his leadership, the commercial operation of Unit 1 of the Belarusian nuclear power plant began in June 2021, and then Unit 2 on November 1, 2023. On this occasion, Vitaly Polyanin stated that the project was successfully concluded thanks to the well-coordinated cooperation of the Russian and Belarusian sides. He believed that the example of the Belarusian nuclear power plant could help Rosatom find new and reliable partners for the implementation of its further projects.
This will be the first Russian project in the EU
Obtaining the construction permit proves that the project meets Hungarian and international safety requirements. Four VVER-1200 type units are already successfully operating in Russia, as well as two of the same type in Belarus. The state concern Rosatom’s order portfolio covers 33 blocks in 10 countries.