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#Geoeconomics: with $11 billion investment, Russia supports nuclear power development in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan and Russia have a long history of cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, and the two countries have always maintained close cooperation in nuclear technology, equipment supply and personnel training. The construction of the two VVER-1200 units will further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy, promote the optimization and upgrading of the two sides' energy structure



In the context of increasing cooperation in the energy sector, Uzbekistan and Russia are again working together to reach a new milestone.



According to a report published in StranaRosatom, an internal company of the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom), dated April 27, 2024, Uzbekistan is reportedly planning to build two VVER-1200 nuclear units, costing up to $11 billion, to become operational in 2033.


Rosatom and Uzatom are working on a contract for the construction of Uzbekistan's first nuclear power plant, according to Denis Manturov, the head of Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister mentioned that a site has been chosen for the station's construction near Lake Tuzkan in the Jizzakh region. Engineering surveys have been completed, and the site's suitability for constructing a nuclear power plant has been confirmed. Additionally, the optimal technical configuration of the project has been determined.


"Currently, technical issues regarding the integration of the nuclear power plant into the energy system, operation alongside renewable energy sources, reduction of water volumes needed for plant operation, and maximization of electricity production, considering the climatic conditions of the site, are being worked out with the Uzbekistani customer and international experts," the minister explained.


It should be recalled that an agreement to construct a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan was signed by Abdulla Aripov and Dmitry Medvedev in September 2018. In May 2019, a contract was signed with JSC Atomstroyexport, part of Rosatom's engineering division, to carry out engineering surveys for the development of the technical project.


The two VVER-1200 units will be located near Lake Tuzkan in the Jizzakh region at a site that has been rigorously examined and evaluated to ensure that the plant is safe to operate, environmentally friendly, and economically efficient. Uzbek authorities have identified the optimal technical configuration of the plant to ensure efficient, safe and sustainable operation of the project.


A leading representative of Russia's third-generation nuclear technology, the VVER-1200 nuclear unit has gained wide recognition in the global nuclear power market for its outstanding cost-effectiveness, safety, and reliability.


The unit was designed and built with full consideration of environmental protection and energy efficiency, using the most advanced technologies and equipment to ensure that the plant minimizes its impact on the environment during operation while achieving efficient energy conversion and utilization.


Uzbekistan and Russia have a long history of cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, and the two countries have always maintained close cooperation in nuclear technology, equipment supply and personnel training.


The construction of the two VVER-1200 units will further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy, promote the optimization and upgrading of the two sides' energy structure.


With the growing global focus on clean energy and sustainable development, nuclear energy is gradually becoming an important part of various countries' energy strategies.

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