During a video conference in Tashkent on Oct. 19, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the project to build the first-ever nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, pressing a symbolic button, Uzbek media reported.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Alisher Sultanov and General Director of Russia's Rosatom Aleksey Likhachev were at one of the priority sites for construction of the future nuclear power plant in the Jizzakh region.
Initially, the area near Lake Tudakul on the border of Navoi and Bukhara regions was chosen as a potential site for the NPP construction, but later the site was replaced with an area near Lake Aidarkul on the border of Jizzakh and Navoi regions. On Oct. 7, the governments of Uzbekistan and Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in the construction of the NPP in Uzbekistan. President Mirziyoyev approved the document on Oct. 13.
The agreement provides for cooperation in the design and construction of the NPP consisting of two power units (each up to 1.2 gigawatts) based on a water-cooled power reactor of Russian design. The construction of the NPP will be completed before 2028.
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