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Nuclear energy as risk factor

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By Eugene Lee

The media today are full of discussions that have arisen after a chain of catastrophes at nuclear facilities around the world. The number of people for and against the construction of nuclear power plants is roughly equal. However, in recent years the number of proponents of nuclear-free electricity is on the increase.

The plan of the government of Uzbekistan for the construction of a nuclear power plant caused a mixed reaction in Central Asia. Opponents of the idea, mainly residents of the region and those in geographic proximity to the location of the potential plant and the closest neighboring states reasonably fear for their future, pointing to the disasters in Ukraine, Japan and other countries,.

A 2018 intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Uzbekistan proposed the construction of a nuclear power plant, and all the conditions suggest that the facility is likely to be built. The results of the recent visit to Uzbekistan by Russian President Vladimir Putin involved his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev discussing details of the project.

According to the plan, the power plant will be built by the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, or RosAtom, on a site near Lake Tuzkan Aydar in the Jizzakh region. The planned cost of the project is about $11 billion with groundbreaking in 2028. Uzbekistan expects to save about 7 billion cubic meters of natural gas after the launch, meaning savings of $550-600 million annually.

However, these very promising figures........

© The Korea Times