Uzbekistan looks to receive up to 15% of electricity from its first nuclear power plant
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 21
By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:
The first nuclear power plant (NPP), which is planned to be built in Uzbekistan by 2030, will be able to produce up to 15 percent of the country's electricity, the head of Uzbekistan’s Uzatom agency Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov told journalists, Trend reports citing Uzbek media.
The head of Uzatom said that the Uzbek side plans to bring solar energy to 5GW of and wind energy up to 2GW by this time, as well as double the capacity of hydropower.
“However, these capacities will not be enough,” he said.
Mirzamakhmudov added that today there is a shortage of electricity in Uzbekistan, which is partially covered by imports from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Last year, in winter, electricity was imported from Turkmenistan.
In early September 2018, Russia and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on cooperation in the construction of nuclear power plants. Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom plans to build a complex of two 3+ generation units with VVER-1200 reactor units. The site near Tuzkan Lake in the Jizzakh region was chosen as the priority site for the construction of the station.
According to the forecast of Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy, electricity consumption in Uzbekistan will grow by 6-7 percent per year, and by 2030 the demand will be more than 112 billion kWh with more than 31 GW of generating capacity.
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