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Engineering surveys for a nuclear station have begun in Jizzakh province, west of the capital Tashkent . Uzbekistan will soon approve a strategy for the management of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and decommissioning of nuclear installations as it prepares to push ahead with construction of the first commercial nuclear power station in central Asia.

The country’s energy minister Alisher Sultanov also told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 64th annual general conference that Uzbekistan is close to establishing procedures for licensing and issuing regulatory permits for nuclear energy.

This follows recent procedural progress for safety examinations of nuclear facilities by Uzbek regulatory bodies, Mr Sultanov said.

Draft decisions on Uzbekistan’s accession to four international conventions have also been prepared, for which adoption is expected by the end of 2020. These are:

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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The European Union’s (EU's) Delegation to Kyrgyzstan said on 18 August that it Kyrgyzstan’s swift ratification of a framework agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on remediation work at several uranium legacy sites. The framework agreement, which Kyrgyzstan signed in January, is a precondition for the implementation of projects under the EBRD's Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia fund. Under the agreement, which was passed by the Kyrgyz parliament on 28 June and signed into law by President Almazbek Atambayev earlier this month, the EU is to provide an initial contribution of €16.5m ($19.4m) for the work.

Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017
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