Kazakhstan to generate 12% of electricity from nuclear by 2035

19 July 2022

The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan expects that by 2035 the share of its future nuclear power plant (NPP) in electricity generation will be 12%. This was announced by Deputy Energy Minister Zhandos Nurmaganbetov during a recent meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Electric Power Council held in Nur-Sultan.

"According to the forecast, in the structure of electricity generation by 2035 the share of coal will decrease to 40%, and the share of renewable energy sources will increase to 23%. Gas generation will take 18% of the total electricity generation, the share of hydroelectric power plants - 7%, the share of nuclear power plants - 12%," he said.

The authorities of Kazakhstan have so far identified four possible suppliers for the construction of the future NPP - Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, China National Nuclear Corporation, Rosatom and Électricité de France. The Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Bolat Akchulakov earlier reported that the area of Lake Balkhash in the Alma-Ata region had been selected as the site for the plant. A decision on the technology is expected in 2023.

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