Russia, Uzbekistan may sign new NPP documents by end of 2019
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14
By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:
A number of new documents for the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in Uzbekistan will be signed before the end of the year, the head of Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexei Likhachev told reporters, Trend reports citing Russian media.
“The negotiations are held in two stages. There is a design phase that will largely determine the parameters of the future contract," he said.
"We agree on the design work, and agree on the actual implementation of this project at the same time," he explained. "I am sure that we will find all solutions before the end of the year. In one, two or three contracts this will be done."
In early September 2018, Russia and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on cooperation in the construction of NPPs. The contract for the construction of nuclear power plants is planned to be concluded before the end of this year. Furthermore, the construction itself will begin in 2022. The project will be financed at the expense of own funds of Uzbekistan and the state loan of Russia.
The site near Tuzkan Lake in the Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan was chosen as the priority site for the construction of the station.
The nuclear power plant will consist of two VVER-1200 power units, with a capacity of 1200 MW each. After its introduction, Uzbekistan will be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere to 14 million tons and nitrogen oxides by 36,000 tons.
As a result of the launch of the station, Uzbekistan will annually save 3.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas. By exporting saved gas without even processing it, $550-$600 million a year will be added into the country’s budget.
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