The final decision regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan will be determined based on the results of the proposed referendum, stated President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia published on the Akorda website.
"There are diverse opinions on the practicality of establishing a nuclear power plant within our country. Kazakhstan boasts substantial potential for the advancement of nuclear energy. The nation holds the top global position in natural uranium mining, possesses its own production of nuclear fuel components, and has access to uranium isotope enrichment services. Notably, the Ulba Metallurgical Plant manufactures nuclear fuel for China's nuclear power plants," highlighted the President.
However, President Tokayev acknowledged the concerns among citizens and experts regarding the safety of nuclear power plants.
"This apprehension is understandable, considering the tragic history of the Semipalatinsk Test Site. We highly value the assistance extended by the Russian side for the construction of nuclear power plants in Kazakhstan. The ultimate decision on this matter will be contingent upon the outcome of the scheduled referendum. In my 2019 election platform, I affirmed that decisions concerning the most crucial strategic issues will be determined via referendums," said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.