President of Uzbekistan reveals deadline for nuclear power plant construction
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 11
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
The first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Uzbekistan is expected to be commissioned in 2028, the press service of the Uzbek president stated citing Shavkat Mirziyoyev as saying during the meeting dedicated to nuclear energy sphere in the country.
The Russian state corporation Rosatom offers Uzbekistan to build a NPP consisting from two modern generation 3+ VVER-1200 units.
It is planned that 3.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be saved as a result of the launch of the NPP. At the same time, the volume of carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere, formed by burning natural gas, will be reduced by 3 million tons per year.
The president gave instructions to study experience of developed countries in construction of similar plants, in development of technical conditions for the NPP and to carry out high-quality geological exploration.
The head of state noted the necessity of creating a regulatory and legal framework in the country in the new sphere, such as the law “On Use of Atomic Energy”, taking into account requirements of the IAEA and other international regulations.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev instructed to create a new organization under the Cabinet of Ministers to coordinate all work, prepare documents, carry out design and negotiate. A directorate for construction of the NPP will be established under this organization, which will later become the operator of the plant.
It was earlier reported that a branch of the Russian National Research Nuclear University MEPhI for the training of highly qualified specialists is planned to be opened in Uzbekistan
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