Presidents of Uzbekistan and Russia Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Vladimir Putin Launched the First NPP Construction Project in Uzbekistan
A solemn ceremony was held in Uzbekistan to celebrate the launch of the first NPP construction project in Uzbekistan. The event marked the beginning of investigation studies to select the construction site for the future NPP.
The project envisages the construction of two Generation III+ VVER-1200 power units that are fully compliant with the safety standards set forth by the IAEA, including increased reliability of modern technologies.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, who was in Uzbekistan with a state visit, joined the event by way of a videoconference from Tashkent. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Alisher Sultanov and Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, who attended the ceremony at one of the potential construction sites, reported to the Presidents on their readiness to start investigation activities.
After the welcome addresses, the leaders of the two countries pressed a symbolic button, launching drilling operations to sample soil at one of the priority NPP construction sites. These sites were selected based on the results of seismological, geological, ecological and economic feasibility studies.
Country officials, management and specialists of The Agency for the Development of Nuclear Energy (Uzatom) and ROSATOM, engineers and designers, representatives of regional administration and public organizations, local residents and journalists attended the ceremony at one of the possible construction sites. “The creation and development of the nuclear power sector, initiated by the decision of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, marks a new history for the country’s energy industry and stimulates stable economic development and increased quality of life for the population,” noted Alisher Sultanov.
Commenting on the event, Alexey Likhachev said: “Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Russia in the nuclear field is more than half a century long, and we are proud that Uzbekistan chose Russian technologies for the construction of the first NPP in the country. In Uzbekistan ROSATOM will build the most advanced Generation III+ nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 power units that meets all international safety requirements.”
In addition, in the framework of the event, ROSATOM, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Uzatom signed a Memorandum on cooperation in the field of personnel education and training for the nuclear power sector and related industries of Uzbekistan. The Memorandum also envisages cooperation in the organization of activities of the National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" Tashkent branch.
Moreover, Heads of Uzatom and ROSATOM Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov and Alexey Likhachev signed a Memorandum of understanding on the formation of positive public opinion on nuclear energy in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The document will lay the basis for bilateral cooperation to promote nuclear power in Uzbekistan and inform the public about modern nuclear energy technologies, to train national media representatives, organize and hold joint conferences, and implement social and educational projects in Uzbekistan.
The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders. The company has assets and competencies to work at all stages of the nuclear production chain from uranium mining to decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent nuclear fuel management.ROSATOM brings together about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. It is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, accounting for 18.7% of the country’s total generation of electricity. ROSATOM is the third in the world in nuclear power generation.The corporation is the global leader in simultaneous implementation of NPP power units and has the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP units in 12 countries). ROSATOM manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, carries out research and material studies. It also assembles supercomputers and designs software as well as different nuclear and non-nuclear innovative products. The company has business ventures covering various clean energy projects, including wind energy. ROSATOM has second largest uranium reserves and 17% of the global nuclear fuel market.