Research at Kazakh Tokamak

Three-year research program was approved at the meeting of the economic council of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The five CIS countries intend to conduct joint search and analysis of materials suitable for construction of power plants. In addition, the United States, Korea, and Japan are showing their interest in the program. In this regard, at the Kazakh Tokamak the scientists intend to study building materials for thermonuclear reactors. Scientists are confident that thermonuclear reactors can become the basis for development of nuclear energy, since thermonuclear fusion is a cheap and environmentally safe way for obtaining energy.

ERLAN BATYRBEKOV, CEO, NATIONAL NUCLEAR CENTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

- An important decision has been made for the National Nuclear Center, Kazakhstan and for the entire thermonuclear community of the CIS countries. The joint research program was approved. It is the only material science tokamak in the world that allows research of materials that could stand in hardest conditions of high-temperature plasma implemented according to the initiative of the head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

ANDREY KUSHNIRENKO, DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF CIS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

- The first program defines the format and terms of participation of five countries like Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The terms of financing of these works, mechanisms and forms are determined.