▲ Russian state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom


Russian state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom announced on the 27th (local time) that Korea and France will be able to participate in the construction of Uzbekistan's first nuclear power plant.



According to the Sputnik news agency, Rosatom Vice Chairman Kirill Komarov said that Korean and French companies will have the opportunity to participate in the construction of nuclear power plants in Uzbekistan led by Rosatom.



He said, “This will not be a project just for Russia,” and expected, “We will work with engineers and companies from all over the world, including France and Korea.”



In 2017, Russia signed a contract with Uzbekistan to build two VVER-1200 nuclear power plants with a total installed capacity of 2,400 megawatts (MW).



This facility, which will be Central Asia's only operational nuclear power plant, is scheduled to be built in the Zazakh region near Lake Tuzkhon in Uzbekistan.



Uzbekistan, the world's fifth-largest uranium supplier, is currently interested in nuclear energy as an alternative energy source in preparation for the depletion of natural gas, on which it is highly dependent.



(Photo = TASS, Yonhap News)