The Russian government has approved a draft agreement with Uzbekistan on the construction of a nuclear power plant in this country, the government's press office reported on Friday.
“The draft agreement envisages cooperation in the design and construction on the territory of Uzbekistan, as well as in the commissioning, operation and decommissioning of a nuclear power plant consisting of two power units based on VVER reactors under a Russian project, with the installed capacity of each power unit amounting up to 1.2 GW”, the report said.
Earlier, speaking at a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has stressed that the project is of a strategic importance.
“The most significant joint project is the construction of a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan. As you know, Russia is the world’s leader in the field of the peaceful atom and has all modern technologies. We are glad that cooperation in this special knowledge-based industry is put on a practical footing”, Medvedev said.
As the press office of the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, announced earlier, the country intended to put the nuclear power plant into operation before 2028. The construction of the facility will be carried out by Rosatom — a Russian state atomic energy corporation. According to Uzbekistan’s authorities, the world’s safest and the most modern type of a power unit was chosen for the NPP construction in the country.