Project management company Assystem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Almasadam Satkaliev, CEO of Samruk-Kazyna, The National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan. MOU outlines areas for co-operation in the country’s new civil nuclear power programme. 

The agreement was signed during an official visit of president Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev of Kazakhstan to Paris on 29th November. The Republic of Kazakhstan has decided to invest in nuclear power as a low-carbon replacement for fossil fuels to enable the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below its 1990 levels by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

To fulfil this MOU, Assystem will provide the possibility of training personnel and technical advice when creating a nuclear power plant in the country, and will focus on developing the capability of local teams to enable the evolution of a new skilled eco-system around nuclear in Kazakhstan, which is anticipated to bring benefits to Kazakhstan in terms of jobs, the development of academic institutions and the wider economy.

Stéphane Aubarbier, Assystem’s chief operating officer commented: “Each country has its own unique energy story, and in Kazakhstan, while 70% of its electricity is from its abundant fossil fuel resources, its decision to lower this consumption through the introduction of nuclear power is supported by the country’s large uranium supply and its experience in the management of nuclear fuels. Nuclear power will be an ideal replacement for coal and gas in the country’s energy mix.”