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The Institute of Nuclear Physics

Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Azgir expedition

Azgir expedition

Azgir nuclear test site is located in Western Kazakhstan’s Atyrau region, 360 km north-west from Atyrau city. On its territory during the 1966-1979 period there were 17 underground nuclear explosions conducted in order to develop a technology of creating underground cavities of greater capacity for various purposes in salt domes. Azgir scientific-production radioecological expedition was established in 1996. Expedition’s main goals:
  • ensuring conservation of AZGIR landfill sites
  • implementation of regular monitoring of landfill’s radiation status, adjacent territories and settlements