BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 28. Several companies from China and South Korea are interested in participating in the construction of an atomic energy plant in Kazakhstan, Timur Jantikin, General Director of “Kazakhstan Atomic Energy Stations”, said, Trend reports citing Kazakh media.
The general director shared the details of the possible Korean participation by saying that Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) is ready to offer nuclear fuel cycle technologies in the collection of documents for the proposed reactors.
Kazakhstan, also, considers the requirements for the provision and maintenance of nuclear power plants with Kazakh fuel.
“We have experience producing uranium powder and tablets on Ulbinsk metallurgical plant. Also, starting from the previous year we have launched the production of heat emitting installations, which are the last type of nuclear fuel loaded into a nuclear reactor, and supply these fuel plants to nuclear power plants in China. Obviously, if the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is chosen, it will be possible to consider the issue of commissioning our own nuclear fuel,” he added.
Jantikin added that when choosing a particular supplier of nuclear energy technologies, due consideration will be given to the compliance with post-Fukushima requirements and several key criteria such as station security, operating experience, ability to train personnel, localization degree, regulatory framework and preparation of documentation.