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Balkhash lake named best place for nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan

23 april 2014, 11:26
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Photo courtesy of novostienergetiki.ru
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The most preferred place to construct a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan is the Ulken village close to Balkhash lake, Tengrinews reports, citing Mazhit Sharipov, Chairman of the Committee for Nuclear Industry in the country’s Ministry for Industry and New Technology.

“An area close to the Ulken village on the shores of Balkhash is the most favorable place to accommodate a nuclear power plant as it is located in an area of power shortages and at the same time has an extended grid to transmit the power to other places”, Mr. Sharipov said at a seminar on nuclear industry.

He reminded that Kurchatov town in the East of Kazakhstan and Aktau city are also being considered.

Earlier the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev commissioned the Government to decide before the end of the Q1 2014 on the location, sources of investments and timing of constructing a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan.

In his Address to the Nation at the start of the year, President Nursultan Nazarbayev elaborated why Kazakhstan needs to construct a nuclear power plant.

He emphasized that the future lies with nuclear power. “To use natural gas is a waste of resources. Instead, the gas could be used to produce high value added products. Kazakhstan is a global supplier of uranium (…) we do have all the capabilities [to develop the nuclear power industry]. Nuclear power is a clean energy we should take advantage of”, Nazarbayev said at the time.

“There may be more than one nuclear power plants (…) Their construction is not going to be cheap. Despite potential hazards, more than half of power generated in West Europe comes from nuclear power plants; Japan is not halting its nuclear power industry, either”.

Tengrinews.kz reported earlier, citing KazAtomProm’s Press Service, that Kazakhstan retains its title of the uranium production leader as it supplies about 37% of uranium to global markets. The global market’s capacity is estimated at 55 700 tons. The uranium production output in Kazakhstan made up 20 900 tons in 2012. In 2011 the country’s share in global uranium supplies stood at 35%.


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