NUR-SULTAN. Aug 3 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - Kazakhstan is mulling over construction of a second nuclear power plant (NPP) on the River Irtysh near the town of Kurchatov, Deputy Energy Minister Zhandos Nurmaganbetov said.
"After successful commissioning, the start of construction of the first plant, there is a second question: how many nuclear power plants does Kazakhstan need? That is what we are discussing now. It is quite possible that a second nuclear power plant might be built in Kazakhstan on the River Irtysh near the town of Kurchatov [in the Abay region]," he said at a Wednesday briefing.
"If Kazakhstan makes a decision to move towards carbon neutrality, there won't be any other alternative to having to build a few nuclear power plants. Of course, the Irtysh would be a most suitable site," Nurmaganbetov said.
Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov said earlier today that Kazakhstan will make a decision about technology to be used in construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in the republic in late 2022 or early 2023.
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.