MDS Nordion and Rosenergoatom Announce Cobalt-60 Supply Agreement
On November 23, 2005 MDS Nordion, Canada and Rosenergoatom, Russia announced they have entered into a long-term agreement for the supply of cobalt-60. Given the unique design of the Leningrad Nuclear Power reactors they can harvest cobalt-60 while the reactor is in operation. The radiation processing community will benefit, as this arrangement enables MDS Nordion to more closely match cobalt-60 supply to customer demand.
Established in 1993 Rosenergoatom, is a leading producer of electricity, operates all 10 state-owned Russian nuclear power facilities with a total of 31 nuclear reactors.
MDS Nordion is the world’s largest supplier of cobalt-60, which is used to sterilize hundreds of millions of single-use medical products, thereby protecting patients worldwide from harmful microorganisms. MDS Nordion is part of MDS Inc., a leading healthcare and life sciences company with more than 8,800 highly skilled people located in 27 countries. See www.mdsinc.com and www.mds.nordion.com
The radiation processing community will benefit, as this arrangement increases the overall supply of Cobalt-60, and enables MDS Nordion to more closely match supply to customer demand.