Uzbekistan and Russia have reached an agreement on building nuclear power plants in the Central Asian republic.
According to Uzbek Ambassador to Russia, Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov, the roadmap is being developed now. He has also noted that the matter concerns a multi-billion dollar project.
Uzbekistan and Russia have started cooperating in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy after the relevant intergovernmental agreement was signed at the end of last year. As AzerNews noted, among the priority areas of cooperation between the two countries, there is the creation of a national infrastructure and training of personnel, as well as building NPPs and research reactors in Uzbekistan and their maintenance throughout their life cycle.
The document also envisages the exploration of uranium deposits in Uzbekistan, utilization of uranium waste, production of radioisotopes for using in industry, medicine, and other areas. In addition, joint working groups are planned to be set up for the implementation of projects and scientific research. At present, two working groups have already been established, one of which deals with the construction of NPPs in Uzbekistan while the other is working in the field of scientific development.
Earlier, Moscow came up with a proposal to build a nuclear power plant with two new-generation power units in Uzbekistan. During his visit to this Central Asian country, the head of Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, said that the state corporation was willing to build there the most modern two-block NPP.