Russia to help Kazakhstan build nuclear plant
MOSCOW, Feb. 24
(Xinhuanet) - Russia is planning to help Kazakhstan build
a nuclear power plant to ease the country's serious
shortage of electric energy, said Russian Atomic Energy
Minister Alexander Rumyantsev on Monday.
The TASS news agency quoted Rumyantsev as saying that
Kazakhstan had been seeking help from Russia's nuclear
experts to build a nuclear power plant near Balkhash
Lake, a region facing a growing shortage of electric
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev
discussed the plan with Russian President Vladimir Putin
on his visit to Moscow on Feb. 19. The two countries so
far have not madea final decision on the capacity of the
It is estimated that it will take two years for the two
sides to map out the construction plan.
Experts from Kazakhstan say that to ease the energy
shortage, the region of Balkhash Lake needs a nuclear
power plant capable ofgenerating 500 to 700 megawatts.
Noting considerations of costs and safety, Russian
experts suggest that a plant with a capacity of 1000
megawatts might be the best option.
The Russian atomic energy minister said Russian experts
could finish the job in seven years once the project