Kazatomprom strengthens its cooperation with European partners

Oct 28. Kazatomprom

Kazatomprom strengthens its cooperation with European partnersDuring the official visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to France,a number of documents on cooperation have been signed between JSC “National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” and the European partners.

The Agreement on joint research work in the field of solar energy (PV) has been signed between JSC “NAC “Kazatomprom” and the Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (France) (Commissariat a l’energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (“CEA”).

JSC “NAC “Kazatomprom” and the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (Bureau de recherches geologiques et minieres (“BRGM”) have signed the Memorandum on establishing the joint Kazakh-French scientific laboratory of rare and rare-earth metals. For Kazakhstan, development of REM deposits and production based thereon is a new trend of the country’s industrial and innovative development which allows the Republic of Kazakhstan to have a high-value-added production and occupy its own niche in REM emerging market.

JSC “NAC “Kazatomprom” and the European Company of Monitoring and Strategic Consulting («CEIS») have signed the Memorandum on organization of higher education and advanced training for the personnel of Kazakhstan nuclear industry. Kazakhstan atomists are supposed to get education and training at French leading enterprises on such qualifications as mining industry, nuclear physics, metallurgy, chemistry of uranium compounds, fuel technology, and nuclear power plants design and construction.

Another agreement has been signed between the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan and the Societe Francaise d’Energie Nucleaire. The public organizations that unite the atomists of two countries have agreed to strengthen the scientific and technological cooperation for the purpose of peaceful development of nuclear power and technologies in both countries.

Stages of cooperation in nuclear fuel industry

Kazakh-French cooperation in the field of nuclear power began in 1996 when the first intergovernmental agreements on joint uranium mining in the Southern Kazakhstan region were signed. In that year, Kazakh-French joint venture “KATCO” was established, with АРЕVА (France) and JSC “NAC “Kazatomprom” (Kazakhstan) as founders.

Today we can speak on the full-scale cooperation: mining (two countries account for approximately 30% of the world’s uranium production), uranium processing and nuclear fuel production now.

On October 6, 2009, in Astana during the official visit of the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, to Kazakhstan, the Agreement on establishment of Kazakh-French joint venture on nuclear fuel marketing for nuclear power plants, “IFASTAR” (Integrated Fuel Asia Star), was signed. The JV’s main objective was to conduct the feasibility study for construction including design of fuel assemblies production line, and evaluation of the Asian target market as to the sale of integrated fuel packages to utilities operating in Asia. Feasibility Study development had been completed, and based thereon, in Paris, on October 27, 2010, the decision was made to establish, on the basis of AREVA project, a joint venture on fuel assemblies production in Kazakhstan based on Ulba Metallurgical Plant.

KAZATOMPROM is a national operator of the Republic of Kazakhstan for import and export of uranium and its compounds, rare metals, nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, special equipment, technologies and dual-use materials. The Company’s main activities include geological exploration, uranium production, output of nuclear fuel cycle products, construction of reactors and nuclear power plants, non-ferrous metallurgy and production of construction materials, power industry, science, social welfare and personnel training. At present, over 26,000 people are employed by the Company. Kazatomprom is one of the top uranium world producers.


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AREVA and Kazatomprom strengthen their partnership in the front-end nuclear cycle

Oct 28. Kazatomprom

In Paris during the official visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan to France, Anne Lauvergeon, AREVA CEO, and Vladimir Shkolnik, KAZATOMPROM Chairman of the Board, have signed an agreement for establishment of a fuel fabrication joint-venture.

This new agreement emphasizes the intention of both companies to strengthen their strategic partnership in the field of front-end nuclear cycle.

The new company owned 51 % by Kazatomprom and 49 % by AREVA, is to build a new fuel assembly manufacturing line based on the AREVA design for the Ulba facility, located in Ust-Kamenogorsk in the East of Kazakhstan. Thenewplant with 400-ton annualcapacityisscheduledtostartoperatingin 2014.

The joint-venture IFASTAR established by two partners last year will carry out marketing of the products for Asian power operators.

After the ceremony of signing Anne Lauvergeon has noted: “This agreement demonstrates AREVA’s strategy aimed at insuring reliability of supplies for the clients and strengthening of our position in the global fuel market.

Vladimir Shkolnik pointed out: “Kazatomprom is consistent with implementation of its program to build up a vertically integrated company with complete nuclear fuel cycle, and this agreement with AREVA is another important step in implementation of this strategy”.

AREVA supplies solutions for carbon-free power generation. Its expertise and know-how in this field are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.

As the global nuclear industry leader, AREVA’s unique integrated offer to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding considerably in renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and storage – to be one of the top three in this sector worldwide in 2012.

Every day, AREVA’s 48,000 employees cultivate the synergies between these two major carbon-free offers, helping to supply safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.