The first nuclear fuel bank opened in Kazakhstan
The first nuclear fuel bank opened in Kazakhstan. The facility that has no analogues in the world will host low enriched uranium. The agreement on opening the reserve in Kazakhstan was signed by the International Atomic Energy Agency two years ago. The strategic object is located at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in the East Kazakhstan region and meets all the international security requirements. The plant has been previously storing up to 800 tonnes of uranium. 90 metric tonnes will be stored in the bank next year. Low enriched uranium can be used for obtaining nuclear fuel of any type.
ALEKSANDER HODANOV, SPOKESPERSON, ULBA METALLURGICAL PLANT:
- The bank will store 60 cylinders with 1.5 tonnes of uranium hexafluoride in each.
SERGEY SIDOROV, SPOKESPERSON, ULBA METALLURGICAL PLANT:
- We have been working with uranium for a very long time. We store it in these cylinders for our production. There wasn’t any emergency or failure in these tanks in 50 years.
The placement of the low-enriched uranium bank in Kazakhstan is one of the confirmations of Nursultan Nazarbayev's effective policy. The world supports the initiatives of the Head of State on the Universal Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration and the total ban on the use of atomic energy for military purposes. On the eve of the opening of the nuclear fuel bank, Astana hosted the 62nd Pugwash Conference. For four days, more than 200 experts from 46 different countries of the world spoke about the risks of using nuclear weapons and intensifying the ban on nuclear testing.
JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, PRESIDENT, PUGWASH CONFERENCE:
- This conference in Astana by a government in a country which has had a long association with nuclear disarmament thanks to the vision of your president Nursultan Nazarbayev.