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Kazatomprom and Chinese companies strengthen nuclear cooperation

19 July 2016
Kazatomprom and Chinese companies strengthen nuclear cooperation

As part of the working visit of the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev to the People’s Republic of China, the CEO of NAC Kazatomprom JSC Askar Zhumagaliyev met with the CEO of CITIC GROUP Corporation Chang Zhenming. The heads of the companies discussed the issues of further implementation of joint Kazakhstan – China projects as well as attraction of investments to the nuclear sector of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the visit to the PRC, the head of Kazatomprom met also with the Chairman of the Board of China National Nuclear Corporation Sun Qin and the Director General of CITIC GROUP Corporation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Sun Yang.

The parties discussed a number of issues of mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of atomic power development. Particularly, such issues as natural uranium transit from Kazakhstan through the territory of China, fuel pellets supplies to China, joint uranium mining, conversion plant construction in the Republic of Kazakhstan, application of nuclear technologies in medicine were considered. Participants noted that they are interested in a mutually beneficial long-term and strategic partnership.

At the invitation of the Chinese colleagues, Askar Zhumagaliyev visited the conversion plant in Hengyang, Hunan province, where he got acquainted with the technology of uranium hexafluoride production.

The head of Kazakhstan national company met also with the Director General of China General Nuclear Power Corporation Zhang Shanmin. The parties discussed different issues of bilateral cooperation and highly appreciated the efforts on mutually beneficial cooperation.

It should be reminded that earlier on NAC Kazatomprom JSC and Chinese CGNPC signed the Agreement of commercial terms for design and construction of FA production plant in Kazakhstan. Based on Ulba Metallurgical Plant, a new enterprise is expected to produce fuel assemblies for Chinese NPPs, with the capacity of 200 tons FA per year.

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