Fuel supply: India,Kazakh n-ties to go beyond 2014

India and Kazakhstan have had a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in place since January 2009 when NPCIL and KazAtomProm signed an MoU under which the latter supplies uranium for Indian reactors.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 1:23 am

India and Kazakhstan on Tuesday agreed to carry forward their civil nuclear cooperation beyond 2014 — the deadline for the supply of fuel for reactors as per the present nuclear contract — with the uranium-rich nation assuring to help energy-deficient India to meets its “big appetite”.

The two sides also discussed projects of ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL),which has already acquired 25 per cent stake in the Satpayev Oil Block in the Caspian Sea,with India seeking Kazakhstan’s support for an important bid that OVL is making for a stake in the Kashagan oil field.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Kazakh counterpart Erlan Idrissov held comprehensive talks on various regional and international issues of mutual interest and reviewed the status of bilateral ties in key areas related to defence,civil nuclear energy and hydrocarbons. “We hold similar views on most pressing global problems. We agreed that the menace of international terrorism has to be fought by the international community collectively…,” Khurshid said at a joint press conference with Idrissov.

They discussed ways to enhance civil nuclear cooperation. While noting that the agreement inked by two sides for supply of fuel till 2014 was being implemented,Idrissov said,“We are looking beyond that.”

India and Kazakhstan have had a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in place since January 2009 when NPCIL and KazAtomProm signed an MoU under which the latter supplies uranium for Indian reactors.

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