Kazakhstan to build nuclear plant within 15 years
plans to build a nuclear power plant within 15 years on
the shores of Lake Balkhash (in Karaganda region, central
We plan to construct two-three power-producing units at
Lake Balkhash within 15 years, Kazakh Energy and Mineral
Resources Minister Vladimir Shkolnik said at a news
conference in Calgary after a visit by Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev to Canada on June 23-28.
Shkolnik also said that within 15 years it is planned to
build and launch two units at Ekibastuz State Regional
Power Plant-2, which operates on coal, an Interfax
correspondent reported from Calgary.
By the time construction of these objects is completed,
the minister said that production and consumption of
electricity in Kazakhstan will increase by about 50% -
from 60 billion kilowatts at the moment to 90 million
Having noted that Kazakhstan recently started exporting
electricity to Russia, Shkolnik said, "as reforms
are carried out in the Russian energy system we (Kazakhstan)
will receive additional access to the Russian energy
market." "I think that the volume of
electricity exported will increase sharply," he
He also called on the Canadian business community to play
a more active role on the Kazakh energy market.
Over 40% of coal and 100% of uranium produced in
Kazakhstan is exported, Shkolnik said. This should
interest Canadian business, he said.
Kazakhstan plans to produce over 63 billion kWh of
electricity in 2003. According to the Kazakh Statistics
Agency, Kazakhstan produced 58.5 billion kWh in 2002, up
5.6% from 2001.
Kazakhstan produced 27.97 billion kWh of electricity in
January- May 2003, which is 11% more than in the same
period last year.
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