Final option of nuclear reactor project in Azerbaijan to be known by May 1

Monday, April 28, 2008

Baku, Fineko/ On Monday, April 28, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) central office is to discuss the issue of nuclear reactor in Azerbaijan.

Adil Garibov, the director of the Institute of Radiation Problems, said that during the meeting the experts will come to single opinion on reactor construction.

“On April 30, we will prepare a final option of this project.

Reactor capacity will make around 30-35 MW,” Garibov said.

“During the reactor construction, start of which is scheduled for 2009 will apply non-Russian technologies. The reactor to be located nearby Baku will have research type.

The construction of the Baku nuclear power station was once blocked for ecological reasons and because of region’s high seismic activity.

Azerbaijan itself has been always protesting against operation of Razdan nuclear power station in Armenia as it creates jeopardy for the region. The nearest nuclear reactor (if not to take into consideration an atomic station being constructed in Bushehr, Iran) is in Atirau, Kazakhstan on water-distillation plants. Once the USSR conducted limited nuclear explosions in the Caspian region to increase oil and gas productive capacity.

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