Kazatomprom, AREVA unveil plans for nuclear fuel plant in East Kazakhstan

November 7. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

Kazatomprom, AREVA unveil plans for nuclear fuel plant in East KazakhstanIn the middle of 2012 the national atomic company of Kazakhstan and the French AREVA will begin the construction of a nuclear fuel plant in the East Kazakhstan region.

“The signing of a contract to build a nuclear fuel plant is an example of enhanced cooperation between the companies AREVA and Kazatomprom,” the Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy of France Eric Besson said at a press briefing in Astana on Wednesday.

According to him, the construction is scheduled to begin in the middle of 2012.

Besson also said the new plant would be based on the Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP, part of Kazatomprom).

The UMP is one of the recognized world leaders in the production of fuel components for nuclear power plants as well as beryllium-, tantalum- and niobium-containing products. The plant is located in the East Kazakhstan region.

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Trade volume between Kazakhstan, France reaches $4.5 billion in 9 months

November 7. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Almaty

The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov met the Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy of France Eric Besson, Karim Massimov’s press office said in a Friday statement.

According to the statement, the trade volume between Kazakhstan and France amounted to $4,49 billion in the 9 months of 2011, including $4,041 of exports and $449 million of imports.

During the meeting the sides discussed joint projects in the spheres of oil and gas, transport, nuclear energy, information and communication technology.

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