Kazakhstan: No need to build nuclear power plant
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 2
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
There is no need to build a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan in the next seven years, RIA Novosti quoted Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev as saying.
“We do not forecast electricity deficit in the next seven-year period. Therefore, we do not see any need to build new facilities, such as a nuclear power plant in the seven-year period,” Bozumbayev told reporters Nov. 2.
Kazakhstan is the largest producer of uranium in the world. In 2015 Kazakhstan produced 23,800 tons of uranium compared to 22,830 tons of uranium in 2014.
Currently, Kazakhstan has no nuclear power plant and exports all the produced uranium abroad.
It was planned to construct a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan in accordance with the order of the country's President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Earlier two areas were chosen for constructing the nuclear power plant: Kurchatov town in East Kazakhstan Province and Ulken village of Almaty Province, near the Lake Balkhash.