By Kamila Aliyeva
The intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the nuclear power plant (NPP) in Uzbekistan is at the final stage.
This was stated by Director General of Russian state corporation Rosatom Alexei Likhachev at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
“An intergovernmental agreement on the establishment of two large blocks in Uzbekistan is at the final stage. This is a large job. The government supports us in this, thank you very much. We hope that a number of other countries will become our partners and, as we say, newcomers in the nuclear power industry,” he said.
Earlier, Moscow offered Uzbekistan to build a nuclear power plant with two new generation power units in the country.
During the visit to Uzbekistan, Rosatom corporation’s head Alexei Likhachev announced that Rosatom is ready to build the most modern two-block nuclear power plant in this Central Asian country.
“Our proposal is to build a station of two modern blocks of the “three plus” generation VVER-1200 here in Uzbekistan, at a time when the Uzbek side considers acceptable. We have very solid experience in the construction of such stations,” he said then.
A possible NPP project will have a huge national importance for Uzbekistan as it would allow diversifying Rosatom’s own energy complex and ensuring energy security of Uzbekistan, according to the director general.
The possible construction of nuclear power plants will create about 5,000-6,000 jobs, and 1,500-2000 jobs will be created during the operation of the station.
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