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By Kamen Kraev
28 February 2020

Rosatom Considers Inking Of EPC Agreement Possible In June 2020, Say Reports
Rosatom chief executive officer Alexey Likhachev . Photo courtesy Paks II NPP.
Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom is making preparations to complete in June 2020 an EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) agreement for Uzbekistan’s first nuclear power station, state news agency Tass reported.

Officials from both countries are working on an extensive EPC agreement, but a number of “uncoordinated” issues remain to be resolved, Tass quoted Rosatom’s general director Alexei Likhachev as saying

According to Tass, Uzbekistan and Russia were said to agree the final terms of the contract before an official visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Moscow scheduled for June 2020.

Mr Likhachev said the Uzbek side has offered “at expert level” to finalise the EPC agreement during the visit.

“We consider this goal achievable and will do our best to realise it,” he said.

In September 2018, Uzbekistan signed an inter-governmental agreement with Russia for the development of its first nuclear power station.

The facility, which will be constructed by Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, will have two units with a combined capacity of 2,400 MW. The first is due to come on line in 2028 and the second in 2030.

Uzbekistan has begun preliminary site work for the project, with the preparation of external infrastructure scheduled to begin next year, first deputy minister of energy Jurabek Mirzamahmudov told NucNet last month

The construction of the station is scheduled to begin in 2022 with a soft loan from the Russian government, although Mr Mirzamahmudov said exact details of the financing package and the cost of the units had not yet been finalised.

Alexei Likhachev told reports in Russia earlier this year that further negotiations had been planned in the coming months and no details would be released until they were complete.

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