NUR-SULTAN. Aug 3 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - Specialists from Kazakhstan are visiting various nuclear power plants (NPP) to get familiarized with their technology, Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov said.
"As for nuclear power plants are concerned, we are still in the process of selection of nuclear technology but we have not made our choice yet. We have already visited nuclear power plants in Turkey (Akkuyu), in France, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. Now we plan to visit the nuclear facilities in Hungary. All these stations were build based on different technology," Akchulakov said at a briefing on Wednesday.
No final decision has been made yet, for "we need to weigh up all pros and cons not only in terms of the technology used but also the implementation of such projects," according to the minister.
There are a couple options here: either Kazakhstan builds the plant on its own or invites a company that will build an NPP using its own technology, according to Akchulakov.
"We still plan to make a few other trips in the future, no final choice has been made yet," the minister said when asked if the fact that the Kazakh delegation visited the NPP in Turkey prompts a conclusion that Kazakhstan is likely to choose Rosatom as a contractor.
It was reported earlier that Kazakhstan plans to build an NPP near the Ulken village in the 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.
Kazakhstan is looking at nuclear technology from 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.