The legislation will enter into force when it is signed by president Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The upper house of Uzbekistan’s parliament has approved legislation on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Russia’s state Tass news agency reported.

The law is designed to create a legal framework for the use of nuclear energy in the central Asian country’s while prohibiting the production of nuclear weapons. The legislation will enter into force when it is signed by president Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

In May Russia and Uzbekistan signed a contract to perform engineering surveys at a proposed site for the country’s first commercial nuclear power plant.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Roatom said the contract would allow survey work to start at the site, in the Forish district in the region of Jizzakh, southwest of the capital Tashkent.

In September 2018 Russia and Uzbekistan signed a preliminary agreement to cooperate on the construction of a nuclear power station in Uzbekistan.

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said it will build two Generation III+ VVER 1,200-MW plants with the first unit to begin commercial operation by 2028.

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/upper-house-approves-legislation-paving-way-for-nuclear-energy-8-1-2019