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Debates over expediency of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan still under way: KazAtomProm Head

18 may 2012, 17:57
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Feasibility study to construct a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan is complete; however, debates over expediency of constructing a nuclear power plant in the Kazakh territory are still under way, KazAtomProm Nuclear Power Company Head Vladimir Shkolnik said at the Kazakhstan-USA: 20 Years of Partnership for Security and Development international conference May 18, Newskaz.ru reports.

“Debates are under way which path to take and whether it is worthwhile to develop the nuclear power industry. Should the decision be made on carrying out the plan, there will be a rector built”, Mr. Shkolnik said.

In March 2011 Sergei Kirienko, RosAtom Head, met representatives of the Kazakh Government to discuss an intergovernmental agreement to construct a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan.

Early May a State Agency for Atomic Power Industry was launched to regulate atomic power industry, ensure nuclear safety and security of both materials and facilities, as well as to enforce non-proliferation regime throughout Kazakhstan.

Nuclear power plants may emerge in Kazakhstan as early as within the following ten years, Sergey Yashin, KazAtomProm Nuclear Company Vice Chairman of the Board, said speaking at the VI KAZENERGY international forum in Astana October 5, 2011.

“Construction of nuclear power plants is seen not only as an additional source of power, but also as a major driving force of the industrial development: construction of such facilities calls for sophisticated technology. All this will contribute to development of adjacent industries”, he said at the time.

He reminded that in 2011 Kazakhstan’s Government had adopted a program to develop the national nuclear industry.

“In the nearest future we will have to define the place of nuclear power in the overall power balance, define location of the future power plants, choose an optimal technology, (…) and solve a lot of related issues from personnel development to possible participation of Kazakhstan-based enterprises in construction of nuclear power plants”, Novosti Kazakhstan quoted Mr. Yashin as saying at that time.

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