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Nuclear power

Kazachstan hosted the first and only commercial plant which is mainly used for desalination. The plant was a Fast Breeder Reactor of Soviet construction. It was shut down in 1999.

Developments in the nuclear sector

2009: Kazakhstan aims to bedome leadin uranium supplier

"Kazakhstan reported a significant increase in uranium production during the first half of 2009. In addition to aiming to become the world's leading uranium supplier, the country is working to become an exporter of fabricated fuel and reactor technology.

State-owned nuclear energy company KazAtomProm said that uranium output during the first six months of 2009 totalled over 6000 tonnes, exceeding production plans by 9%. This, the company said, represents a 57% increase in output compared with the first half of 2008. Kazakhstan plans to produce some 8000 tonnes of uranium during the second half of 2009.

Uranium-producing enterprises are implementing their plans to bring new deposits into production, KazAtomProm said. It said that Akbastau JSC and Baiken-U LLP have started pilot production, while mines at the Kharasan 1 and Irkol deposits have been put into operation. Meanwhile, construction work at the Kharasan 2 and Semizbai deposits continues. In addition, work is in progress to increase production at the South Inkai deposit, while refinery plants are under construction at Karatau LLP.

Construction is also underway of two plants in Kazakhstan for the production of sulfuric acid, used in extracting uranium at in-situ leach (ISL) mines. During the first half of 2009, the design of the 500,000 tonne per year plant in Zhanakorganskiy region was finalised. Infrastructure for the plant, including road and rail access is nearing completion, while the power transmission line is now in place. Operation of the $216 million plant is scheduled to begin in 2011. Equipment ordered from Italy for the 180,000 tonne per year plant in Stepnogorsk, which is set to start operating next year, is ready to be shipped to Kazakhstan."
(source: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org)

Sites With Nuclear Facilities

siteplantreactor typconstruction startoperation startshut down
AktauAktau BN-350FBR 135196419731999