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Kazakhstan, Brazil to sign nuclear energy agrt

31 October 2018 17:54

ASTANA. KAZINFORM Brazil is eager to continue supplying Kazakh uranium ore concentrate, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Brazil Kairat Sarzhanov said at a briefing in Astana today.

He reminded that the list of products exported from Kazakhstan to Brazil has been updated and now includes uranium ore concentrate. In April 2018, Kazatomprom company won a $1.3.7 million worth tender on supply of uranium ore concentrate for Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil.

"Prior to my trip to Kazakhstan I met with INB President. We discussed the opportunities of cooperation with our company. The Brazilian side invites Kazakhstani experts to visit the atomic stations in Rio de Janeiro and expresses interest in further import of uranium ore concentrate. As soon as tender is announced, we will submit all documents required," said Sarzhanov.

According to him, the draft agreement on cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy is being negotiated now. "The agreement is expected to open new opportunities both for Kazakhstan and Brazil in use and development of nuclear energy. Besides, Brazil is keen on studying Kazakhstan's experience in uranium extraction by means of in-situ leaching," he said.

The State Revenues Committee of the Ministry of Finance says commodity turnover between Kazakhstan and Brazil made $82.3 million in January-August 2018 ($31.8 million - Kazakhstani export and $50.5 million - import from Brazil).

Kazakhstan imports sugar, tobacco, plane, machinery, construction materials, meat and orange juice from Brazil. In turn, Brazil imports sulfur, Si-based ferroalloys, plastic and rubber products as well as ferrous metals from Kazakhstan.