Kazakhstan and Russia may embark on NNP project in 2013, Nazarbayev
Astana. June 8. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan and Russia may start building a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan in 2013, said President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
"Next year we will be working on nuclear power plant project in Kazakhstan," said Kazakh President at a press briefing in Astana on Thursday.
Rosatom head Sergey Kiriyenko told journalists that before the end of this year, Kazakhstan's authorities will choose the location for the future nuclear power plant and its nameplate capacity, which will determine a type of the nuclear reactor.
Kiriyenko said that the parties originally studied a NPP project with VBER-300 based on the analysis of the Kazakh colleagues that a 1000-megawatt reactor is too powerful. According to a new analysis, the rapidly developing Kazakhstan's economy can accommodate a 1000-megawatt reactor, he said.
Kiriyenko added that the president of Kazakhstan announced a fundamental agreement to build a nuclear power plants in partnership with Russia and urged Kazakh experts to speed up the feasibility study.
In November 2006 the nuclear plant in Kazakhstan was planned at a site 10 kilometers from Aktau near the existing TETs-2 and TES-3 thermal power plants. The site is where the BN-350 fast neutron reactor was built at the Mangyshlak atomic energy complex in 1973. That reactor has been shut down and its fuel removed.
The Kazakhstan government in February 2009 suspended the project expecting additional guarantees from Russia regarding costs of power generated by the NNP and extra guarantees on technical risks.
Earlier Kazatomprom vice president Sergei Yashin said that the feasibility study for the Aktau nuclear power plant was appraised by the state regulators, while the first block of the power plant was scheduled for launch in 2016.