KAZAKHSTAN LAUNCHES ‘TOKOMAK’ THERMO-NUCLEAR REACTOR
The physical start-up of Tokamak thermonuclear reactor was held in eastern Kazakhstan as part of the international exhibition. This event is of utmost importance not only for Kazakhstan, but also for the world science. Kazakhstan has entered top ten countries that have such high-tech installations. This unique project was implemented on the initiative of the head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
ERLAN BATYRBEKOV, CEO, NATIONAL NUCLEAR CENTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- Today, we have gone through the most difficult stage of the physical launch in the commissioning process of the Kazakhstan Tokamak (KTM) for Material Testing. The KTM experimental complex is technically sophisticated electrophysical installation of a high level and is certainly comparable to the construction of a nuclear power plant.
The Kazakh and Russian scientists signed a protocol on the successful launch of the first Kazakh reactor.
PYOTR HVOSTENKO, REPRESENTATIVE, NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER, KURCHATOV INSTITUTE, RUSSIA:
- Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and scientist Evgeny Pavlovich Velikhov, the former head of Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, proposed to install the thermonuclear reactor more than 15-20 years ago. Today this reactor was launched and research will start soon.
Japan, South Korea and the USA expressed desire to conduct joint testing on Kazakhstan’s reactor, six countries of the CIS have signed an agreement on joint testing on Tokomak.