Uzbekistan President Approves Nuclear Plant Accord

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Friday officially approved an accord with Russia that calls for design, construction and partial financing of a two-unit nuclear power plant expected to be built in the central Asian nation to supply the country with about 20 percent of its electricity supply.

VVER-1200The agreement was drawn up in September and signed back then by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia and Abdulla Apripov of Uzbekistan. The resolution signed by Mirziyoyev empowers the Foreign Ministry to "send a corresponding notification on the implementation ... necessary for the entry into force of the international treaty," Nuclear Engineering International reported.

The agreement is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The first nuclear power plant to be built in the region is slated for a site near the Tudacul reservoir. The site was chosen for its proximity to a water supply and its distance from the seismically unstable, mountainous Pamir-Hindu Kush area. It is also close enough to industrial centers of Bukhara and Navoi to expect the required infrastructure to report the $13 billion project.

The cost of the project was announced by Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov, Russia's ambassador to Uzbekistan, who did not divulge details of how the financing would be worked out.

The first Generation 3 Plus VVER-1200 reactor slated for Uzbekistan is expected to be operational by 2028.

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