Belarusian nuclear program assessed positively

Belarusian nuclear program assessed positively

The Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) will be commissioned on schedule, said Belarusian Energy Minister on February 21.

The first power unit of the plant is planned to be put into operation at the end of 2019 and the second one in July 2020.

The building of the first power unit feels like the heart of the whole Belarusian nuclear power plant. Now 6,000 people are working on its construction.

Sergey Gorin, deputy head of reactor shop of RUE Belarus NPP:
We hired a part of the staff with work experience at the Ukrainian and Russian plants. We train most of the staff ourselves.

Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV channel:
Exactly in a year, there will be a physical start of the first reactor. This means that it will work as close to a real mode as possible. Reactor’s work will be tested within six months. It will start producing the first energy at the end of 2019.

In March 2018, all the systems of Belarusian nuclear power plant will be electrified. The plant will receive fuel in November. The amount of it will be enough to get nuclear reactor started twice.

Mikhail Filimonov, general director of RUE Belarusian NPP:
Fuel is to be delivered in November and in February, the reactor will be powered with it.

In March 2019, the European Commission will inspect the plant. 22 experts, including IAEA representatives, will monitor the construction of the nuclear power plant. The visit was organized in response to the Belarusian report on stress tests, which were done successfully.

Mikhail Mikhadyuk, Deputy Energy Minister of Republic of Belarus:
All the specialists who come from different countries appreciate the progress in the implementation of the nuclear power program.

Belarus completely stopped importing electricity in 2018. It is planned that the nuclear power plant will further strengthen the energy system of Belarus.

Vladimir Potupchik, Ministry of Energy of Republic of Belarus:
We are creating a common electricity market and a common gas market. We provide conditions and prerequisites for the economic entities of Republic of Belarus to enter the Russian wholesale market.

The first power unit has already been built by 65 per cent. Only 15 of the 19 billion Russian rubles allocated for the construction of the project have been used. Therefore, 2018 will be a decisive year in achieving a strategic goal for Belarus.