A team of Belarusian and foreign reporters visited the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets on 17 February.
An exact copy of the control panel was showed in the training center of the nuclear power plant. It allows simulating more than a thousand modes of operation of the station. Any possible emergency will be immediately liquidated.
The journalists could see the first power unit too.It will be installed in the late May. Belarusian nuclear scientists eliminate several simulated accidents per shift at the station in order to ensure this will not happen in reality when the station is launched.
The copy of the control panel is an exact copy of the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s control unit. Even the smallest buttons match in color and size. All eight shifts of atomic engineers are trained here. Most of them worked at Ukrainian, Chinese and Indian nuclear power plants.
Alexander Kanyuka, the head of the reactor shop:
A new passive safety system will appear in the Belarusian nuclear power plant in comparison with the Chinese power unit. In addition, if we compare it with Indian nuclear power plants, the Belarusian NPP will use the same security system. However, with one exception: it will be updated in line with new modern technical requirements.
The reactor, with a height of a skyscraper and the wall thickness matching that of the Chinese wall, will withstand an aircraft crash and natural disasters.
The first part of this reactor has already been built. Moreover, in August 2016, a crane with a lifting capacity of 1,500 tons will install the dome. Inspectors from Belarus, the IAEA and neighboring Lithuania are keeping track of the building process.
Mikhail Filimonov, chief executive officer of the Belarusian nuclear power plant:
There is a common business issue. Lithuania is so interested in the construction of the station, and we understand why. A border with Lithuania is just 15 km from the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
The Belarusian NPP has five species of airbags. The fuel is in such tablets. One “pill” replaces 300 liters of oil and 99 percent of radionuclides remain in its shell. Other radionuclides remain in the combustion chamber.
Starting from 2020, two power units will produce 25% of electricity Belarus needs. Belarus will save $1 billion a year on the purchase of raw materials.
Now the provincial town Ostrovets is becoming the center of nuclear power with a population of 30,000 people and modern infrastructure.