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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uranium Center to Open in Angarsk

The country's nuclear chief said Thursday that a joint Russian-Kazakh uranium enrichment center would soon start working, Interfax reported.

"We will complete the preparatory procedure before the end of the year and will be able to announce the start of its work," Federal Atomic Energy Agency chief Sergei Kiriyenko said, Interfax reported.

Kiriyenko said earlier this year in Vienna that a uranium enrichment center that could produce nuclear fuel for nations wanting to develop civilian atomic energy could start operating next year. The new center is to be built at the Angarsk Electrolysis Chemical Plant in the Irkutsk region, which produces uranium fuel for nuclear power plants.

The Angarsk center will enrich Kazakh uranium, Kiriyenko was quoted as saying Thursday. Kazakhstan has 30 percent of the world's uranium reserves and is currently the fourth-biggest uranium producer, according to the KazAtomProm state nuclear company.