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The IAEA is ready to support Uzbekistan in the construction of a small nuclear power plant

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The Minister of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency discussed issues of further cooperation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ready to support Uzbekistan in the construction of a low-power nuclear power plant, said the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi. This is reported by the press service of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
During a meeting with Uzbek Energy Minister Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov in Vienna, Austria, the parties discussed issues of further cooperation.
As noted, the republic closely cooperates with the IAEA “on all aspects of the peaceful use of atomic energy.”

“The IAEA is ready to continue to support Uzbekistan in its plans to introduce nuclear energy in the country, in particular, small modular reactors,” Grossi said.

Recall that on May 27, during Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Uzbekistan, the two countries signed a protocol on amendments to the intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in the republic in the presence of their presidents. These changes provide for the construction of a low-power nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan according to a Russian project.

Also on the sidelines of the event, Atomstroyexport Joint Stock Company (the engineering division of Rosatom State Corporation) and the State Unitary Enterprise Directorate for the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants under the Atomic Energy Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed a contract for the construction of a low-power nuclear power plant (ASMM) in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
It provides for the construction of an ASMM in the Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan according to a Russian project with a capacity of 330 MW (6 rectors with a capacity of 55 MW each). Rosatom will act as the general contractor for the construction of the station, and local companies will also be involved in the work.
The selected site has already been investigated and its safety has been confirmed, which will significantly shorten the project implementation time. According to Rosatom, construction will begin this summer. The power units will be put into operation in stages: from 2029 to 2033.
For reference: the ASMM construction project in the Jizzakh region is based on the latest Russian development – the RITM-200N water-water reactor with a service life of up to 60 years. This is the result of the adaptation of the innovative technology of ship design for land placement. The RITM 200 series reactors, on the basis of which the RITM-200N reactor was designed, have been tested in the harsh conditions of the Arctic on the latest Russian icebreakers. Since 2012, 10 RITM-200 reactors have been manufactured for the universal nuclear icebreakers Arctic, Siberia, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka. The first three have already been put into operation.

The NPP based on the RITM-200N has a fully integrated layout (it allows to achieve high economic efficiency of the project and ensure the highest level of safety of the plant). The safety of the planned low-power nuclear power plant will be achieved through multi-level systems and shell barriers.
Low-power nuclear power plants have a number of advantages. First of all, these are shorter construction times compared to large nuclear power plants, due to their compactness. Today, low–power nuclear power plants are an obvious trend in the further development of global nuclear energy. According to the IAEA, there are approximately 50 ASMM projects and concepts at various stages of development worldwide. At the same time, only Russia has reference experience in the construction of low-power stations.

source:  https://uz.sputniknews.ru/20240613/uzbekistan-magate-sotrudnichestvo-44351052.html

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