The nuclear power plant may be constructed near the Balkhash lake in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Bulat Aqchulaqov said, Trend reports.
Aqchulaqov made the statement during the meeting with citizens on May 24.
He however noted that this is not the end decision yet.
"This territory has been studied for a long time, since Soviet times. There is still no specifics on a location and technology of the future power plant ," Aqchulaqov said.
Kazakhstan will research the issue of building a nuclear power plant until the end of the year.
Ministry of Energy is considering favorable climatic, geological conditions, various technologies. Aqchulaqov assures that only the safest and most proven ones will be used.
Kazakhtan's future energy balance includes a nuclear power plant with an installed capacity of 2.4 gigawattes (GW) as a new source of basic generation.
Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev has numerous times spoken in favor of constructing the nuclear power plant saying it would solve issues arising from increasing electricity consumption in the country.