Bank of low-enriched uranium to be built in 2017 in Kazakhstan

Construction of an international bank of low-enriched uranium will be completed in September 2017 in Kazakhstan. This was stated by Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano, speaking at the annual meeting of the Board of managing organization, reports citing 

According to Amano, the ambitious project is underway. Kazakhstan has adopted the Law "On the Use of Atomic Energy", at the stage of completion of updating the regulatory framework. 

"Overview of nuclear safety in the world shows that there is some progress in this area, but it cannot be a reason for complacency. We are very concerned about the nuclear program of the DPRK. Any tests that North Korea holds, constitutes a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. IAEA remains ready to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue in North Korea, "- said Yukiya Amano.

Note According to the IAEA, in the world today, there are 442 operating nuclear reactors, another 66 are under construction. The IAEA intend to pay special attention to nuclear safety at these facilities. In the year of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the fifth anniversary of the accident at the Japanese Fukushima, the issue becomes very relevant. 

Recall nuclear fuel bank will be in Ust-Kamenogorsk on the territory of Ulba Metallurgical Plant. The signing ceremony of documents between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency on establishment of the IAEA Bank of low-enriched uranium (BLEU) in the Republic of Kazakhstan took place in August last year.