The Russian company “Isotope” and the Egyptian company “EGIT” signed an agreement on the development of cooperation in the field of supply of radioisotopes used for industrial purposes.
The agreement provides for the start of regular deliveries of the radioactive isotope iridium-192 to Egypt in addition to the equipment necessary for non-destructive testing, in particular, Russian-made gamma flaw detection. It should be noted that Rosatom has a successful experience in exporting the cobalt-60 isotope used for sterilization of medical equipment and food irradiation.
“We hope that the partnership with EGIT will allow both parties to increase efficiency and help create additional opportunities for the development of business projects that contribute to the safety and reliability of industrial facilities,” said Anton Shargin, Deputy General Director for Commercial Affairs of Ezotop.
Rosatom is the world’s largest producer of iridium 192. This isotope is used in the production of radiation sources for instruments and techniques used in non-destructive testing to help detect microscopic defects in urban infrastructure engineering systems, including, for example, checking the quality of welds and structural integrity. In Russia, iridium-192 is produced at the SSC – Research Institute of Nuclear Reactors and the Eram Institute of Materials for Nuclear Reactors, and they are part of the scientific division of Rosatom.
It is noteworthy that Isotope is part of the Rosatom Healthcare group and is the exclusive supplier of radioactive isotopes within the Rosatom State Corporation, and EGIT is one of the leading companies providing non-destructive testing services in Egypt.