Russian media shown construction site of Belarusian NPP

Russian media shown construction site of Belarusian NPP

Russian journalists were shown how the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is going.

The guests, about 15 people, represent Petrazavodsk and Volgodonsk. These are the cities where major equipment for nuclear power plants is manufactured. Now it is successfully installed. The readiness of the first power unit of the station is 90%. Belarus will receive first energy from it early in 2019.

Straight from Volgodonsk. Dmitry is visiting the Belarusian NPP for the first time. The journalist writing on energy issues went to Astravyets to see the object with his own eyes and compare it with the Rostov analog.

Dmitry Nikolenko, journalist (Russia):
After the construction of the nuclear power plant, the city rose, revived. We previously had a deeply subsidized city. Electricity was switched off in the evenings for an hour. The city became a donor: people got jobs.

Tatyana Tsepeleva, journalist (Russia):
Scales are impressive, organization is impressive as well as approach and security. Everything is at the proper level, as befits a strategic site. 

And as a souvenir from the tour, the journalists took away these pictures.

Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV:
90% of the first power unit of the station is ready. By the autumn of 2018 it is planned to test it as close as possible to working conditions. The tests will last for six months. After that, the power unit will start producing first electricity.

88 people will control the station, including during tests after the physical launch. These are several shifts, they are all well-trained. Classes are held on a simulator imitating any situation during the operation of the nuclear power plant.

Vladimir Gorin, Deputy Chief Engineer of Belarusian Power Plant:
Alternately with the reactor plant, separately with the turbine, we work out interaction and communication. We learn how to act in both normal and deviation modes.

The progress of the construction of the station is monitored every week. Experts also follow it. In March, the nuclear power plant hosted the European Commission. By the end of 2018, at least one commission from the IAEA will pay a visit to Ostrovets.