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Rosatom to Complete Kazakhstan Reactor by 2016


Working group needs 18 months to complete plans.

Rosatom, Russia’s state-run nuclear energy company, is working with the government of Kazakhstan to build its first nuclear power plant.


The alliance was established earlier this year and last week the working group met in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.


“There has been significant progress made in the drafting of the agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the Kazakh Republic on cooperation on construction of a nuclear power plant on the Kazakh territory,” Rosatom said in a statement.


The 300-1,200-megawatt plant will be built in Kurchatov, located in the eastern part of the country. Rosatom said it will take up to 18 months to complete the plans and calculate the costs. The first reactor is scheduled to begin producing power in 2016. Russia will also provide fuel for the project.


Rosatom says it has enough uranium for the next 100 years, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Russia has the world’s second largest supply of uranium, which includes reserves from Kazakhstan, topped only by Australia.