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15th International Exhibition on Energy, energy saving, nuclear energy,alternative energy sources - Power Uzbekistan 2021


May 12 - 14, 2021
Uzexpocentre NEC, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

New Exhibition Section Nuclear Power
under support of Uzatom Agency


Nuclear power becomes demanded in the energy mix of various power sources due to an inevitable increase in electricity consumption.

Some forecasts of the International Monetary Fund prove that the national economy will grow by 5-6% annually until 2023. This economic growth will be accompanied with a growing number of population of the country. Subsequently, these factors will lead to rising Uzbekistan's needs for electricity.

At present, Uzbekistan produces around 60 billion kWh of electricity per year. According to forecasts, the consumer demand for electricity will increase up to 117 billion kWh by 2030. Currently, Uzbekistan is too dependent on natural gas in its electricity production securing up to 85% of the total electricity produced in the country.

In order to be able to cover the growth and achieve the national goals in the future, Uzbekistan needs more energy sources.

Nuclear power efficiency for ensuring energy security


As it is expected that around 15% of the domestic power production will come from nuclear power by 2030 in Uzbekistan.

It is a clean energy source that will help Uzbekistan meeting its objective of producing 20% of electricity from renewable energy sources in the country by 2032. This is a significant factor for ensuring the energy security of the country.

Export opportunities


An increase in power exports is a very real opportunity for Uzbekistan. Afghanistan is a good example since the country is bordering with Uzbekistan. This enables the two countries to share the high-voltage connection.

There is another opportunity for more expanded regional cooperation. The Central Asian energy system will be resumed, and Uzbekistan will play a significant role in helping its neighbours.

New opportunities for using gas


Nuclear energy production in Uzbekistan will enable the country to use natural gas for other purposes, such as gas-to-chemicals, value-added products or exports. The proposed new power plant in Uzbekistan will help saving approximately 3.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually

NPP is environmentally friendly energy solution


It is also expected that use of nuclear power in Uzbekistan will improve environment by reducing CO2 emissions by 14 million tons and nitrogen oxides by 36 thousand tons.

Nuclear power will create jobs in Uzbekistan


Uzatom seeks to create the maximum number of jobs with the involvement of local content. While developing the nuclear project, Uzatom will maximize use of Uzbek suppliers and workers, while continuing to cooperate with the best international partners on quality, safety and price competitiveness.

Around 8,000 workers will be required for construction of the Nuclear Power Plant and around 2,500 specialists will be needed for NPP operation.

Event history


Project launch

In October 2018, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, jointly pressed the symbolic button at the opening ceremony in Tashkent, which was a symbolic launch of the project.

Altogether, during the visit, contracts worth $20 billion were signed between Russian and Uzbek state and business organizations.

Location


seismic studies are in progress.

After selecting the NPP site, an environmental impact assessment will be carried out, as well as an opinion of the IAEA experts will be expected - the International Atomic Energy Agency, working in close cooperation with Uzatom Agency.

Management


Mr. Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov is the First Deputy Minister of Energy and Director General of the Agency for Nuclear Energy Development under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Prior to his appointment, he was a Head of the Information and Analytical Department for Development of Fuel and Energy Complex at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Before that, he was a Deputy Chairman of Uzkimyosanoat SJC and Deputy Minister of Economy.

Mr. Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov graduated from the University of Alabama (USA) in 2001 and the Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology in 2005.

Next steps in 2019


Signing contracts

Since the beginning of 2019, Uzatom has been discussing engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC).

Financial support


The EPC will be funded by the Government of Uzbekistan and soft loans provided from Russia. The negotiations to be held in the first quarter of 2019 will determine the final details, and financial agreements are expected by the fourth quarter of this year.

Uzatom Agency has set the priority to ensure the best financial transactions for Uzbekistan during the project.

Construction and "first concrete"


Uzatom plans to pour the first concrete and to start construction of the future Nuclear Power Plant in 2022. This accelerated schedule demonstrates high ambitions of Uzbekistan.

Fuel sources of nuclear power plants


Currently, Uzbekistan is the seventh largest uranium producer in the world and local input of Uzbek uranium to the future Nuclear Power Plant is one of the topics discussed by Uzatom with the Russian process partners

More detailed information on fuel sources will become available in 2019. Uzatom will focus on fuel sources that best serve the interests of Uzbekistan

Regulation for best practices


Uzbekistan is in the process of creating a new, strong, and independent Local Regulator for nuclear sector.

Uzbekistan has developed and drafted a law on the use of nuclear energy for civilian purposes. Currently, it is being prepared for submission to the Parliament of Uzbekistan.

Uzatom welcomes establishment of a strong Local Regulator. This is important for launching the Nuclear Power Plant, licensing the process and starting construction.

The IAEA has confirmed that it is ready to assist Uzbekistan in development of its regulation because the stronger the regulator, the more successful the Nuclear Power Plant Project will be.

Future radioactive waste management


A clause on responsibility for management of radioactive wastes was intentionally included in the intergovernmental agreement signed between Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation in September 2018 on Cooperation and Construction of the first Nuclear Power Plant.

Uzatom Agency is focused on using technologies aimed at disposal of the radioactive waste, and will strive to develop this in close cooperation with its Russian process partners.

The radioactive waste management strategy complies with all international laws and safety regulations.