Construction of Uzbekistan’s First Nuclear Power Plant Given Green Light
On 19 October 2018, the construction project of the first nuclear power station in the Republic of Uzbekistan received authorization during a formal launching ceremony. The event marked the beginning of engineering studies to select the site for the const
The project for the construction of nuclear power plant involves the construction of two power units with VVER-1200 reactors. The power units belong to the “3+” generation and fully comply with modern IAEA safety requirements, including significantly increased reliability of modern technologies.
The ceremony took place in a videoconferencing format between Tashkent, where the project was launched by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who was in Tashkent on a state visit, and one of the sites for survey work. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Alisher Sultanov and the Director General of Rosatom State Corporation Aleksei Likhachev reported on readiness for the start of work at the site.
After the welcoming words, the leaders of the two countries, by pressing a symbolic button, initiated drilling operations for sampling soil at one of the priority sites, which were selected based on the results of the study from the point of view of seismology, geology, ecology and economic feasibility.
The site was attended by guests from among the officials, managers and specialists of the Uzatom Agency for the Development of Nuclear Energy of Uzbekistan and the Russian State Corporation Rosatom, engineers and designers, representatives of the regional administration, public organizations, local residents and journalists.
“The creation and development of the nuclear power industry of Uzbekistan, initiated by the decision of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, defines a new history in the country’s energy industry and gives impetus for the stable development of the economy and increasing the welfare of the population,” Alisher Sultanov said in his speech.
Commenting on the event, Aleksei Likhachev said: “Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia in the nuclear field has more than half a century history, and we are proud that Uzbekistan chose Russian technologies for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant. Rosatom will build in Uzbekistan the nuclear power station with the most advanced 3+ generation in the world with two VVER-1200 power units that meet all international safety requirements.”
In addition, as part of the event, a Memorandum of Cooperation in the education and training of personnel in the field of nuclear energy was signed between Rosatom, the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and the Uzatom Agency. The document provides for the establishment of cooperation in the field of training for the needs of nuclear energy and related areas.
The memorandum also envisages interaction in the organization of activities in Tashkent branch of the National Research Nuclear University “MIFI”.
In addition, the leaders of Rosatom State Corporation and Uzatom Agency, Aleksei Likhachev and Jurabek Mirzamahmudov, respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the formation of positive public opinion regarding nuclear energy in Uzbekistan. The document will serve as basis for organizing bilateral cooperation in such areas as promoting nuclear power in Uzbekistan and informing the public about modern nuclear energy technologies, training national media representatives, organizing and holding joint thematic conferences, and implementing social and educational projects in Uzbekistan. .
For reference: on 29 December 2017, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed an agreement on the peaceful uses of atomic energy.
On July 19, 2018, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution on the establishment of the Agency for the Development of Atomic Energy under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzatom Agency).
On September 7, 2018, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan on the Russian project. The scheme envisages the construction of two power units with VVER-1200 reactors.
By the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated October 13, 2018, No. PP-3969, the signed agreement entered into force.
The first NPP power unit in Uzbekistan is scheduled to be commissioned before the end of 2028.