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

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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.

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