Azerbaijan, Baku /corr Trend E.Huseynli / The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has officially allowed the construction of the first research nuclear reactor in Azerbaijan.
"A meeting of the IAEA in Vienna, decided to present a project on the construction of a research nuclear reactor," Adil Garibov, the Director of the Institute for Radiation problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan stated to Trend.
The Azerbaijan Government gave its consent for the construction of this nuclear reactor. The relevant work will be set up by 2009 and will complete by 2010. According to Garibov, the capacity of the nuclear reactor and the place for the construction, will be defined in a meeting to be held at the Cabinet of Minister of Azerbaijan in few days. Along with the government officials, the specialists will also participate in the meeting.
According to the Director of the Institute, it is necessary to build in Azerbaijan a nuclear reactor with the capacity of 30 MW. At present, the countries which have reactors with less capacity utilize them.The construction of the nuclear reactor with the capacity of 30 MW will cost approximately $36mln, Garibov stated.
The Institute for the radiation problems, also developed and submitted to the Government a package of proposals in connection with the construction of Atomic Power Station in Azerbaijan. The Institute considers important the establishment of the alternative energy source in the country.
The Azerbaijani Party of Greens asserts that the atomic technology damages the human health and the ecology, and is against its application. This organization asserts that Azerbaijan can use other alternative sources, such as wind, water and sun energy.