14 Oct 2019 15:11

Rosatom planning to sign some contracts on Uzbek NPP by end of 2019

RIYADH. Oct 14 (Interfa) - Rosatom is planning to sign some of the contracts on the nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan by the end of 2019, the head of the state corporation, Alexei Likhachev, told journalists.

"Certain documents will definitely be signed by the end of the year. The talks aren't easy, because we have to determine the price, and they will definitely be in two phases. Anywhere, there's a design stage that will in large part determine the parameters and the future general contract, the EPC contract. Since it's in this stage of design, studying the site, choosing this or that design solution, that the price and timeframe for implementing this project will be determined. So essentially we're solving an equation with two unknowns - that is, we're also negotiating design work, negotiating work that we ourselves will do on this project. We have very comfortable relations with our Uzbek partners. Uzbekistan isn't a newcomer to nuclear energy. Our comrades work there, too - those who, together with my colleagues, worked in the atomic field back in the Soviet Union," Likhachev said.

"I'm sure that we'll find all the decisions by the end of the year. It'll be done in one, two, or three contracts, that's a separate issue," he said.