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    Russia's Rosatom keen to discuss Kazakhstan's concerns re. possible problems with NPP equipment supplies due to sanctions - Akkuyu director

    July 29, 2022 - Interfax Kazakhstan General Newswire


      NUR-SULTAN. July 29 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - Russia's state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is keen to discuss in detail a string of possible problems with Kazakhstan regarding equipment supplies for the construction of a nuclear power plant in the face of anti-Russian sanctions, Sergei Butskikh, first deputy deneral director of Akkuyu Nuclear JSC - director of the NPP under construction, said.

      Butskikh said that the corporation was ready to technically scrutinize all aspects on this matter, when answering the Kazakh delegation's question about Kazakhstan's concerns it may face when choosing Rosatom's technology for the nuclear power plant construction given the imposed sanctions.

      Butskikh stressed that in spite of sanctions, the company "not only stopped, but even did not slow down the pace of construction of the nuclear power plant."

      "Now everyone [suppliers] confirms their obligations and fulfills them as part of the turbine assembly. In the near future, in October, a complete [equipment] set is to arrive for the 2d unit," he added.

      On June 26-27 this year a Kazakh delegation visited the Akkuyu NPP construction site on the Mediterranean coast in the Turkish province of Mersin being implemented according to Russian technology. Earlier President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gave an instruction to scrutinize the experience of Turkey in the Akkuyu NPP construction.

      Kazakhstan intends to build an NPP near the Ulken village in Almaty region (southeastern Kazakhstan). The construction could take up to ten years, with a power unit costing on average $5 billion, the energy ministry said. The country's projected energy balance for the period to 2035 includes a 2.4 gigawatt NPP as one of the options.

      Currently Kazakhstan is in the process of studying offers from shortlisted four global suppliers of nuclear reactors: KHNP (Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, South Korea) with its APR-1000 and APR-1400 reactors; CNNC (China) with its HPR-1000 and CNP-600+ reactors; Rosatom (Russia) and its reactors VVER-1200, VVER-1000; and EDF (Electricite de France) with ATMEA1 reactor.

      The Akkuyu project envisages building four power units equipped with generation III+ water-cooled (VVER-1200) power reactors with a total capacity of 4800 MW and each of the NPP's power units will have a capacity of 1,200 MW. It is planned that after commissioning, the NPP will generate nearly 35 billion kWh of electricity a year.

      Rosatom is implementing the Akkuyu NPP project according to the build-own-operate model.


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