The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has identified Uzbekistan as one of the emerging nations in the nuclear energy sector. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi announced on Tuesday that numerous countries are set to commence electricity production from nuclear sources in the coming years, according to a Reuters report.
Grossi revealed that 10 countries have already entered the decision-making phase for the construction of nuclear power plants, with an additional 17 countries currently undergoing assessment. “In a few years, there will be 12 or 13 new nuclear countries,” Grossi predicted.
Among the potential new nuclear nations named by Grossi were Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Namibia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The IAEA estimates that to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement, the number of nuclear reactors worldwide - currently around 400 - needs to be doubled.
As previously reported by Daryo, citing Rosatom’s head Alexei Likhachev, Uzbekistan is nearing the finalization of an agreement with the Russian Federation for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Jizzakh.