Rosatom says close to signing contract for Uzbekistan nuclear reactors

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(Reuters) – Russian nuclear reactor builder Rosatom is close to signing a commercial contract to building two nuclear reactors in Uzbekistan, Rosatom’s head of international business said. 

Uzbekistan, a central Asian republic formerly part of the Soviet Union, signed a first intergovernmental agreement with Russia in 2017 for cooperation in civil nuclear, followed by a second intergovernmental agreement in September 2018 for the construction of two VVER-1200 Rosatom reactors. 

Uzbekistan does not have nuclear plants but the country is the world’s 7th biggest uranium producer with 2018 output of 2,404 tonnes, WNA data show.

Last year, Uzbekistan said it expected to pour first concrete no earlier than 2020 because of the project’s complexity, with first power production expected in 2028.

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