Russia, Uzbekistan to sign agreement on exportation of spent nuclear fuel

Photo: Russia, Uzbekistan to sign agreement on exportation of spent nuclear fuel / Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 9
By Demir Azizov- Trend:

Russia and Uzbekistan will sign an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in export to Russia and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel on April 9, according to the Rosatom state corporation.

It is expected that, the document will be signed by Director General of the Rosatom company Sergey Kiriyenko and head of the State Inspectorate for Subsoil, Safe Work in Industry, Mining under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Gulyamov.

In accordance with the agreement, Russia will take out SNF of Russian production from the IIN-3M research liquid reactor Tashkent's Photon company as UO2SO4 solution of not more than 30 liters and a mass of uranium enriched in the isotope U-235 not more than five kilograms. The spent fuel will be placed in temporary technological storage in Russia and subsequently processed.

As a result of implementation of the agreement no highly enriched nuclear fuel will remain in Uzbekistan, Rosatom`s report says.

As reported earlier, in 2012, Uzbekistan and Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the cooperation of import of spent nuclear fuel from research reactors.

The irradiated fuel from the Uzbekistan research reactors is imported to Russia for disposal and replaced with low-enriched fuel that is then returned to Uzbekistan, according to the document.

Uzbekistan is the participant of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of nuclear weapon and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

A zone, free of nuclear weapons in Central Asia, was established on the initiative of President Islam Karimov at the 48th session of the UN General Assembly on September 1993. This is one of the five zones, free of nuclear weapons on the planet, and the first such zone created in the northern hemisphere, which directly borders the two states possessing nuclear weapons.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.

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