Russia and Uzbekistan Start Work on Nuclear Power Plant

Project which Moscow estimates will cost $11 billion.
Russia and Uzbekistan Start Work on Nuclear Power Plant
20 October 17:58 2018 Print This Article

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pressed a symbolic button together at a ceremony in a conference hall in Tashkent to mark the start of geological surveying to decide on a location for the facility.

Uzbekistan expects to pour first concrete no earlier than 2020 because of the project’s complexity. The two-block, 2.4 gigawatt plant is expected to start producing power in 2028.

Today, most electric power in Uzbekistan is generated by gas turbines, but the Central Asian, formerly Soviet republic says it wants to use its large natural gas reserves more efficiently and extract more added value from them.

Producing the same amount of energy as a nuclear power plant using modern gas turbines would consume over 3.5 billion cubic metres of gas a year, according to Jurabek Mirzamahmudov, head of Uzbekistan’s nuclear energy agency UzAtom.

“This is feedstock for one petrochemicals plant which could produce half a million tonnes of polymers,” he told reporters this week.

Uzbekistan also exports gas to Russia and China.

Russia and Uzbekistan began preliminary work on the first Uzbek nuclear power plant project which Moscow estimates will cost $11 billion.

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