Kazakhstan considers construction of nuclear power plant

Oil&Gas Materials 30 January 2013 17:33 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 30 / Trend, D. Mukhtarov /

A meeting of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan in Astana discussed the construction of a nuclear power plant in the country, the press service of the Kazakh National Atomic Company Kazatomprom said.

"The head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev has set important priorities for the nuclear industry. In particular, in 2013, the government of the country issued a mandate calling for the determination of a site for the construction of a nuclear power plant. Very serious work awaits us", the chairman of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan and the Chairman of the Board of NAC Kazatomprom JSC, Vladimir Shkolnik said at an enlarged meeting of the Board of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Kazatomprom's Chairman of the Board spoke about the company's work in 2012.

"The whole world has paid great attention to alternative energy sources. Green energy interests our country as well. Last year, we laid the foundation for a complete cycle of solar panels: from the extraction of silicon to the production of finished solar cells," Shkolnik said.

Another issue raised by the president is the creation of local energy systems based on solar and wind, which is a project Kazatomprom already has underway. These systems serve as a modern solution to the problems of agriculture and would provide the long-term autonomous regions of the country with environmentally friendly and uninterrupted power sources.

"The use of such mix-stations will significantly reduce the cost of agricultural production, rendering it more competitive."

The event was also attended by representatives of companies that are part of Kazatomprom, as well as leaders of the Committee for Atomic Energy of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan and the Republican State Enterprise "The National Nuclear Center."

The Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan is an independent, nonprofit organization and voluntary association of legal persons. Its aim is to achieve broad knowledge in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan was established in 1992 and has a network of branches around the country. The main objectives of the organization are involvement in the formation of state scientific and technical policy in the field of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, participation in the examination of state and international programs and projects that meet the professional interests of members in the latest achievements of nuclear science, engineering and technology, radiation ecology, the organization of wide spread information exchange on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, outreach to the public to form an objective view of the practical benefits of nuclear energy and the development of international cooperation.

NAC Kazatomprom JSC is Kazakhstan's national operator for the export of uranium and its compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and dual-use materials. Its principal activities are geological exploration, uranium production, the initiation and sustainment of the nuclear fuel cycle, the production of construction materials, energy, science, social welfare and training. Kazatomprom is an active participant in the development of renewable energy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom is amongst the leading uranium mining companies.