Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved a Concept for development of nuclear energy for the period 2019-2029.
According to the concept, the project for construction of a nuclear power plant will be implemented in three stages.
In 2019-2020, it is planned to carry out site selection and licensing of accommodation. In the second stage (2020–2022), it is planned to design NPPs and objects of its external infrastructure. The construction and commissioning of the nuclear power plant will be carried out in 2022-2030.
The project will be financed at the expense of own funds of Uzbekistan and the state loan of Russia.
The concept notes that external infrastructure facilities will be created at the expense of the State budget, the Nuclear Energy Development Fund, funds from investors and other sources.
Uzbekistan also plans to create a nuclear infrastructure. This initiative will be financed from the Russian loan. Russia will provide assistance in training and improving its skills.
The project will build two generation III + units with an installed capacity of 1.2 GW each.
Construction of a nuclear power plant to allow Uzbekistan to meet the growing needs of the economy of Uzbekistan in the energy sector. It is expected that by 2030 the demand of the economy of Uzbekistan for electricity will amount to 117 billion kW / h per year.
The head of Uzbekistan approved a “road map” for implementation of the Concept for Development of Nuclear Energy for the period of 2019-2029.
As part of the “road map”, Uzbekistan will join and ensure implementation of the provisions of international conventions in the field of nuclear safety in the country's legislation. Norms will also be developed and adopted in the field of the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
Measures will be taken to protect the environment and radiation protection, including the removal and storage of spent nuclear fuel, as well as the management of fresh and spent nuclear fuel.