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Kazakhstan, Russia Sign Energy Deals

Russia and Kazakhstan have signed agreements on cooperation in civilian nuclear power and hydropower projects in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

State companies Rosatom and Kazatomprom signed an agreement on use of an existing uranium-enrichment facility at Novouralsk in Russia rather than construction of a new facility.

Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko said that since the two partners would not co-finance building a new enrichment facility, Rosatom would make shares of its Novouralsk facility available to Kazatomprom.

The two nuclear companies also signed a memorandum on forming a joint company to market and sell uranium.

Another agreement between the two countries calls for constructing a third unit at the Ekibastuz hydropower station in Kazakhstan.

compiled from agency reports