Baku, Azerbaijan, February 12
Uzbekistan intends to join four international conventions in the field of nuclear safety in 2019-2020 within the framework of construction of the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in the country, Trend reports with reference to a representative of the Atomic Energy Development Agency of Uzbekistan (Uzatom).
"Within the framework of the concept of nuclear energy development in Uzbekistan in 2019-2020, the provisions of four international conventions in the field of nuclear safety are foreseen to be adopted or implemented," the agency representative said.
The four conventions are: civil liability for nuclear damage, nuclear safety, assistance in the event of a nuclear accident and prompt notification of a nuclear accident.
"The Uzbek side also intends this year to organize a dialogue with neighboring countries whose interests may be affected by the country's nuclear energy program," Uzatom’s representative said.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, signed an agreement on cooperation in the construction of nuclear power plants in the country in early September 2018. Rosatom is planning to build a complex of two generation 3+ power units with Water Power Reactor-1200 units. The agreement entered into force at the end of October.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyev on February 8 approved the concept of developing nuclear energy in the country for 2019-2029 which main goal is to build and start safe operation of nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 2.4 GW by 2030. Construction of the station is scheduled to begin in 2022 with the involvement of a loan from the Russian government.