NUCLEAR SAFETY CENTER OPENS IN ALMATY
A Nuclear Security Training Center has been opened in Almaty. The facility is first of its kind in Central Asia. The decision to create center was made five years ago. Governments across the globe are concerned about the risk of nuclear materials reaching the hands of terrorists. Therefore, except the experts’ work with radioactive materials, the service staff of the new center will be trained to prevent diversions, thefts and information leaks.
GEORGE KROL, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- The leadership of Kazakhstan was to voluntarily give up its huge nuclear arsenal and that became a foundation of a strong relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan and made Kazakhstan a symbol. Other countries of this region will use the facility for purposes of advancing nuclear security in this region and globally.
The US Energy Department has invested half a billion tenge to build the facility. The center is equipped with the modern technologies. At the first stage, the specialists from the U.S., Japan, Kazakhstan and representatives of the IAEA will facilitate the trainings. In the near future, the center will become a regional platform where the specialists from other Central Asian states will be able to get trained.
YERGAZY KENZHIN, CEO, KAZAKH INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS:
- Specialists from ULBA Metallurgical Plant who work at the bank of nuclear fuel will be trained here in accounting, nuclear material control and physical protection of nuclear facilities.
This year’s much anticipated event is the long-awaited opening of the nuclear fuel bank on the basis of the ULBA Metallurgical Plant in Oskemen. The workers of this enterprise will be first to get trained at the new center by international experts and representatives of the IAEA.