Semashko: Astravyets NPP to be launched on time

Semashko: Astravyets NPP to be launched on time

Photo: Energetika Belarusi

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built according to schedule, Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko told the first Belarusian television channel.

According to him, in 2019 the first unit of the nuclear power plant will be launched. In February next year, it is planned to load nuclear fuel into the reactor. The second unit of BelNPP will be commissioned until the end of 2020.

"Everything is going according to schedule," the Belarussian Deputy Prime Minister told Belarus 1.

Belarus has imported about 7 billion kWh of electricity in recent years, but this year the country refused from this practice.

"Moreover, this year, it's Belarus who will export electricity, around 2.5 billion - up to 3 billion kWh, this improves the balance," Semashko said.

The Vice Prime Minister also dispelled doubts about the excess electricity generated by the NPP. The corresponding assignments are given to ministries and departments that are developing relevant programs. Electric buses are widely used in Belarus and a domestic electric vehicle is being developed.

"It's not an easy task, but we are doing it. These directions show that there is no problem in getting a balance of energy with the launch of the BelNPP," Semashko summed up.

The Belarusian NPP is being built near the town of Astravyets in the Grodno region. The station is being built with the participation of Russian personnel. In total, two power units will be built under the Russian project, with a total capacity of up to 2,400 megawatts. The first power unit is planned to be commissioned in 2019, the second one a year later.

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