Belarus and Slovakia to discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety April 28
Belarus and Slovakia will discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety. On April 28 the Prime Minister of Belarus will visit the nuclear power plant Mochovce. The Belarusian delegation is on a visit to Bratislava these days.
Slovakia has two NPPs. Their power allows this rather small European state to meet about half of the electricity needs of the country. This is the world's second largest success after France - one of the world leaders in nuclear energy.
Belarusian scientists developing new nuclear fuel with Russian, US counterparts
A new kind of nuclear fuel can be more effective, affordable and safe. Belarusian scientists are working on the creation of such a material together with colleagues from Russia and the United States. As a result they expect to get a material that can be used in nuclear power plants.
There are plans to hold a number of research projects in Belarus.
Chernobyl commemoration ceremony held in People's Friendship Park in Minsk
More than two thousand people gathered on April 26 at the Friendship of Peoples Park in Minsk. They laid flowers to the memorable signs "To Chernobyl victims" and "The Stone of Peace of Hiroshima."
Among the invited are those who participated in the operation to liquidate the consequences of the catastrophe, employees of ministries and departments, as well as ambassadors of Russia, Ukraine and Japan and non-governmental organizations.
Fuel at 1st power unit of Belarusian NPP to be loaded in 2019
The NPP in Astrawyets will meet about 30% Belarus' electricity needs. The project is taking shape and, experts say, it is one of the safest in the world.
At the beginning of 2019, fuel in the first power unit of the station will be loaded. Negotiations on the purchase of a second unit have been completed.
No less active work is going on the second power unit of the NPP. 33 facilities are being built in parallel.
The second power unit will be put into operation a year after the first, in 2020.
Alexander Lukashenko to Valery Shantsev: "We can build nuclear power plants around the world"
Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region aim to increase turnover to 1 billion dollars. On April 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that Russian region Valery Shantsev.
Cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions is the basis of relations between the countries as a whole. This was underlined during the recent talks between the leaders of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg.
Belarus to reduce natural gas consumption by 20% after NPP launch
Natural gas consumption in Belarus will reduce by 20% after the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, said Belarusian MPs on February 8.
Today natural gas is the main resource producing heat and electricity in Belarus. However, the situation with world prices for natural resources is forcing the country to look for alternative sources of energy.
IAEA says no violations during Belarusian NPP construction
A special IAEA mission, which worked in Belarus’ Astravyets all this week, has said there are no violations in the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
According to experts, Belarus demonstrates responsibility in ensuring nuclear safety. The constructors take into account all possible external threats to the nuclear power plant, including all the major technical challenges in selecting the site.
Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
Belarus stands for competent discussion with Lithuania on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravyets through relevant agencies, said the Foreign Ministry of Belarus on January 5 commenting on the appointment by Lithuania of a special ambassador for the Astravyets NPP.
Among such institutions are bodies involved in environmental protection, energy and economy.
Earlier, Lithuania repeatedly expressed concern about incidents on the construction site of the future Belarusian NPP in Astravyets (Ostrovets).
Belarusian NPP gets replacement for first reactor vessel from Russia
A new reactor vessel has arrived at the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
The structure weighing more than 300 tons and being 13 meters high was made in Russia's Volgodonsk.
Before arriving at the end point of the route the structure had to overcome a difficult way. In the beginning, the reactor vessel was taken from Volgodonsk in Novovoronezh by water.
The heart of the power unit was on the water voyage for 20 days.
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko has guaranteed support for Vnesheconombank (VEB) in Belarus. On December 8 the President met with the chairman of this financial structure. Since 2016 Sergei Gorkov has headed the corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs.
They are working to support the Belarusian and Russian exports, including to third countries. According to the head of state, the Russian partners can count on support from the government and the National Bank. But the most important thing is to fully implement the agreements reached.
Reactor vessel for Belarusian NPP delivered to Novovoronezh
Nearly a thousand kilometers upstream. A reactor vessel for the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been delivered from Volgodonsk in Novovoronezh by water. The heart of the power unit was in water voyage for 20 days.
By the way, this leg of the journey was the most difficult. The vessel had to move virtually at a pace of a pedestrian since the river became too shallow.
It took 8 hours to take the 300-ton vessel off the barge to the ground. The vessel will be in Novovoronezh for a few more days. Ahead is a long way by railroad.
Russia makes second reactor for Belarusian NPP
A reactor vessel for the second power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been sent from Volgodonsk. Transport route passes through a complex logistics scheme.
Now the special transport is being shipped on the motorway to the Tsimlyansk reservoir.
There will start a river stage of that shipment project. In Novovoronezh, transportation will continue by rail.
The reactor vessel for the Belarusian NPP weighs more than 330 tons, its height is 13 meters. Its production cycle was 3 years; experts have carried out all complex of tests.
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government.
With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
Belarusian NPP to get ecological passport
The Belarusian nuclear power plant will get an ecological passport. Experts from Belarus and Russia have conducted a joint monitoring of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Ostrovets and data that environmentalists got will form the basis of a new document. The entries will be made to help compare data on the environment after the launch of the station.
Experts have stressed the openness of Belarus in the provision of information as well as its availability.
IAEA experts: Belarus is leading nuclear newcomer
The IAEA experts named Belarus the leading nuclear newcomer.
The results of the IAEA mission were published by the UN News Center. Within two weeks the mission has conducted a comprehensive assessment of the regulatory infrastructure in the field of nuclear and radiation safety of Belarus. The experts visited the construction site of the Astravyets NPP and they checked the legal and regulatory framework of nuclear and radiation safety of Belarus.
IAEA mission about Belarusian nuclear power plant
The IAEA is satisfied with the positive experience of Belarus during the construction of a nuclear power plant. On October 14, the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team concluded a 2-week mission in Belarus.
During that time, the IRRS mission assessed the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety.
In addition to the site of the Astravyets NPP, the mission visited the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research Sosny and the National Medical Rehabilitation Hospital.
IAEA: Belarus strictly adheres to security strategy principles
Belarus is a country that strictly adheres to the principles of following the security strategy. These are the first findings of the IAEA expert mission. They are completing work in Belarus.
Within two weeks they have conducted a comprehensive assessment of the regulatory infrastructure in the field of nuclear and radiation safety.
In addition to the site of the Astravyets NPP, the mission visited the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research Sosny and the National Medical Rehabilitation Hospital.
IAEA infrastructure assessment mission visiting Belarus
IAEA mission on comprehensive assessment of the regulatory infrastructure in the field of nuclear and radiation safety has started working in Belarus. 20 experts will study regulations and progress of work on the construction of the nuclear power plant during two weeks.
Traditionally, during the visit, agency experts offer the receiving side their vision of the creation of nuclear industry as well as draw on the positive experience of countries to revise IAEA safety standards.
Nuclear safety is Belarus' absolute priority
Belarus presented in Vienna a layout of the Ostrovets NPP, which is currently under construction. Austria is hosting a session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
September 27 was Belarusian day at the forum.
Our delegation once again called its nuclear safety priorities. In addition, Belarus invited the IAEA mission, which would provide a comprehensive assessment of the object being built.
After that, the Belarusian NPP will conduct the first stress tests.
Belarus to invite IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission
Belarus will invite the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission. September 27, our delegation, at the session of the General Conference of the IAEA, confirmed its readiness for the third phase of cooperation.
Over the past year, Belarus has hosted a number of IAEA expert missions. They considered the establishment of an integrated training system for the Belarusian NPP.
Yukiya Amano: I was impressed by Belarus NPP constuction
The peaceful and, most importantly, safe use of nuclear technology. Belarus these days is taking part in the 60th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
Here at the IAEA headquarters the Belarus NPP will be exhibited.
The exhibition will show in detail how the large-scale project in Astravyets is being implemented. Among other events, the Belarusian delegation will hold talks with the IAEA and experts of Russia's Rostekhnadzor supervisory body.
It will now be possible to monitor Belarusian NPP construction from Vienna
Information boards, on which you can monitor the progress of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, will open in Vienna on September 27. Presentations will also acquaint you with the information centers on nuclear energy, which are operating in Minsk and Astravyets. The process of staff training is also open to the world community.
Belarus to open Ostrovets NPP exhibition at IAEA General Conference
Belarus is taking part in the 60th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. During the event at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna International Centre Belarus will hold an exhibition of the Belarusian NPP. It will provide information on the implementation of the project, staff training and work of the Information Center for Nuclear Energy in Minsk and Astravets (Ostrovets).
Sun, wind and water energy: Belarus President holds meeting on effectiveness of use of domestic energy resources
Sun, wind and water energy. The effectiveness of the use of domestic energy resources was the central topic during the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko.
The President demanded to work more efficiently in that direction. Belarus is dependent on import of energy resources, that’s why the use of domestic energy resource is a very topical issue. The use of domestic resources and alternative sources of energy will allow to have a clean environment and reduce costs. A lot of decisions were made on that matter. That was a checkpoint meeting, said the President.
Inner protection cover installation begins at first power unit of Belarusian NPP
Inner protection cover was installed at the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP. The work was successful.
The inner protection is one of the parts of the reactor protection system.
It withstands internal pressure and external impact. For example, from the falling aircraft, earthquake or hurricane.
The Belarusian NPP is being built in the Grodno region, 18 kilometers from a town of Ostrovets. It will consist of two power units with a total capacity of up to 2,400 MW.
Russia to replace Belarus' reactor vessel at Ostrovets construction site
The Russian company Rosatom is ready to replace the reactor vessel for the first power unit of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant. This statement was made by the corporation after the formal request of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus.
As noted by Rosatom, the reason for the replace will be public opinion rather than safety concerns. The company added that public opinion is not less important than safety.
Belarus to replace damaged reactor vessel for Belarusian NPP power unit
Belarus has decided to replace the reactor vessel of a power unit at the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is now under construction, said Belarus Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik.
Talking about the cost of replacing the equipment, the minister said that it is the subject of negotiations with Russian partners.
Earlier it became known that an emergency situation has occurred at the construction site of the Belarusian NPP.
President Lukashenko comments on Ostrovets NPP incident
Alexander Lukashenko is making a working trip to the Vitebsk region today. The Head of State answered questions of journalists.
In particular, representatives of the media asked about the incident that occurred at the construction site of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets.
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Alexander Lukashenko: Nuclear power plant to increase Belarus' competitiveness
The unity of the people saves peace in the country and the country itself. Belarus needs to overcome the difficulties only thanks to own labor and acting all together, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which continues in the Palace of the Republic.
The brought together 2,500 delegates from across the country. At the meeting they can express their views on how to further build our own life in the next five years. Foreign guests are also taking part in the forum.
Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety
A number of loud statements on May 27 were made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The Foreign Minister informed the media about the preparation of visits of the President of Belarus to the west. At the same time, Belarus said it is ready to welcome the Pope.
The minister noted that the exact time of the visit is not known but there is willingness in principle.
Belarus, Russia discuss trade, joint space program May 12
The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power station, transport safety and the creation of a common information space. Joint Belarus-Russia programs were discussed in Mogilev on May 12.
The city hosted a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State. Taking part in it were the heads of government of the two countries. The sides discussed the nearly 30 questions. The main group of questions concerned trade and economic cooperation.
More charging stations for electric cars to appear in Belarus after NPP launch
Belarus will make more use of electricity. This resource will be in excess after the launch of Belarus' own nuclear power plant. One of the global trends is electric vehicles. For now they are a rarity in Belarus, as well as infrastructure for the maintenance of the environmentally friendly transport.
Fyodor has been using a hybrid car for almost a year and compares his car to a mobile phone powered by the plug.
Yukiya Amano: Belarus is the most prepared among world nuclear club newcomers
Unlike Ecuador, experts say, Belarus is not prone to serious earthquakes. Therefore, the country can safely construct tall buildings and even a nuclear power plant. But even despite all this, the NPP design takes into account safety measures against 8-point earthquakes and is able to withstand an aircraft crash, a flooding and even a tsunami. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano himself saw the construction site in Ostrovets. Alexandra Kulakova continues the topic.
IAEA's Yukiya Amano impressed with Belarus' Ostrovets NPP
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and IAEA Director General discussed the security and economy of the peaceful atom. The sides noted the high level of cooperation in this sphere. Yukiya Amano visited today in Ostrovets (Astraviec), where he shared impressions of the most large-scale construction of our country.
Vladimir Semashko: Belarus' nuclear power plant construction on schedule
The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is going according to plan, said Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. On April 19, leading energy experts from Belarus and Russia, as well as the IAEA director general met in the Belarusian capital.
The main topic of discussion was the construction of the NPP in Ostrovets. Its first unit is going to be launched by the end of 2018 and the second by July 1, 2020. According to experts, the construction of the NPP will contribute to the rise of the technological and scientific level of the country.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18
IAEA Director General is going to visit the construction site of the Belarusian NPP in Ostrovets. Today Yukiya Amano will arrive in our country on a working visit.
It is expected that the guest will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives of other bodies of state administration.
In addition, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will study novelties presented at the exhibition Atomexpo Belarus 2016, which opens in Minsk tomorrow.
Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
Should Belarus take special measures in connection with the recent attacks in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and other countries? Let's talk about this with our guests. Today in our studio are press-secretary of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Tishchenko and KGB reserve Major General, now poet Ivan Yurkin.
Belarus to stop electrical energy import starting from 2018
According to the announcement of Vladimir Potupchik, the Minister of Energy, Belarus will stop importing electrical energy starting from 2018.
The opening of the first reactor of the Belarusian nuclear power plant and a large-scale modernization of the energy sector will allow Belarus to meet its domestic needs. Thus, the production of energy in Belarus appears to be more beneficial than importing it. Moreover, due to the establishment of the common energy market of the Eurasian Economic Union, Belarus will be able to export electrical energy.
Belarus launches NPP training center
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.
Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries
Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates. At a meeting with the Head of State, there were discussed the future developments and present-day state of Belarusian science.
The ceremony was attended by more than 20 people. These are scientists working in various fields, from medicine to agriculture.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarus has managed to preserve a strong scientific school.
IAEA praises Belarusian experience in building its own NPP
The International Atomic Energy Agency praised Belarusian experience in its own nuclear power plant construction. Such an assessment of the IAEA was announced on February 2 in Vienna at the headquarters of the organization, which is hosting a high-level seminar on the development of nuclear energy infrastructure. It brought together country delegations from around the world, who are standing at the very beginning of the development of their nuclear industry.
Belarusian NPP to be presented at IAEA meeting in Vienna
The building of the nuclear power plant in Belarus will provide additional guarantees of economic security, said February 2 the head of the Belarusian delegation at an IAEA's high-level meeting on the development of nuclear energy infrastructure in Vienna.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant will annually replace about 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas. This will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The cost of electricity produced in Belarus will decrease. At the annual session of an IAEA workshop Belarus serves is a "country in focus".
Belarus NPP's reactor vessel production process on video
A plant making the reactor vessel for the Belarusian nuclear power plant has published a video of the entire production process. The Belarusian order was executed by a Russian plant in Volgodonsk.
It took three years to create a huge pipe, which weighs more than 300 tons. Once the future reactor vessel was assembled, there were held a number of tests aiming to reveal defects. The Volgodonsk plant shipped the finished product in autumn 2015.
Belarus is among nuclear safety leaders
Belarus is among the safest countries in a nuclear safety ranking, according to a report by the United States. Belarus' place in the ranking is 8th. Australia for the third time in a row topped the list.
Nuclear safety is evaluated in two main categories: protection against theft of nuclear material and sabotage.
Among the states possessing nuclear weapons materials, Iran and North Korea have the worst indicators. In terms of sabotage risk, several Arab countries and Israel are at the bottom of the list.
Equipment installation at Belarus' NPP to start in 2016
The large-scale installation of the equipment at the Belarusian nuclear power plant will begin in 2016. Soon, a reactor vessel, which was sent from Volgodonsk (Russia), will be delivered to the NPP.
During the recent visit to Moscow, President Alexander Lukashenko also touched upon this large-scale investment project run jointly by Belarus and Russia. Nuclear fuel for the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be supplied by a Russian company. In general, the construction of a nuclear power plant is going according to schedule.
Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app
A special mobile application "NPP in plain sight" (Russian: АЭС на ладони) has been developed in Belarus. It can be used to study the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is now under construction: look inside, learn how it works, go through the virtual corridors of the station and find out about the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s security system.
Four universities training specialists for Belarusian NPP
Belarus annually allocates about BYR4 billion for the purchase of equipment for the training of Belarusian nuclear specialists. Material and technical, educational and laboratory facilities for the nuclear industry are being created. The country is also developing methodological support for laboratory work.
NPP specialists are being trained in four Belarusian universities on 6 specialties. More than 300 have already graduated. Training is conducted by Belarusian and foreign lecturers. Students can also undergo practical training at existing nuclear power plants.
President Lukashenko calls Belarusian NPP new stage in Russia's construction of nuclear power plants
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is the biggest energy project in the years of Belarus' sovereignty. Today, more than four thousand builders are working on its construction. And in the future, the nuclear power plant will be a place of work for 2,000 unique specialists. And the main principle here is of course safety.
The nuclear power plant in Ostrovets will consist of two power units. At the beginning of 2016 the installation of the reactor will begin.
Belarus, Slovenia to cooperate in peaceful nuclear energy
Belarus and Slovenia will cooperate in the field of the peaceful atom. The parties signed a declaration on the joint use of nuclear energy. Thanks to this document they create a legal basis for cooperation in various fields in the peaceful uses of the atom.
We are talking about an exchange of experience, training for nuclear power plants, and research work.
As expected, for the further development of cooperation in the future, Belarus and Slovenia will sign other documents.
Belarus elected to IAEA Board of Governors
Belarus has been elected to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The decision was made at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna. Membership in the IAEA Board of Governors will provide Belarus with an opportunity to take part in the IAEA decision-making process. Experts say that the fact that Belarus was elected to the IAEA Board of Governors shows that the country’s achievements in nuclear power engineering are internationally recognized.
Belarusian nuclear power plant presented in Vienna
An exposition of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was presented on September 14 in Vienna. The Austrian capital is hosting the 59th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The national exhibition of Belarus attracted special attention. Our country is implementing nuclear projects domestically for the first time in history.
The main purpose of the exhibition is to present show the world the progress of Belarusian nuclear energy program.
Mikhail Myasnikovich visits new school in nuclear engineers' town Ostrovets
Today, August 31, the new academic year began in gymnasium No.1 in Ostrovets. The school was built at the beginning of the year in a newly built town of nuclear scientists and engineers.
Every classroom in school has an interactive board. It operates its own gym. Particular attention is paid to specialized education. In high school, students will be able to decide what special subjects they will be learning.
Macroeconomic problems in Russia have no effect on Belarusian NPP construction
The macroeconomic situation in Russia has not affected the schedule of works on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Payments to all organizations engaged in the construction of the station are made in Russian rubles. Procurement and supply of equipment are on schedule, too.
This was announced during a briefing on the safe development of nuclear energy and non-proliferation regime.
400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction
On July 7, about 400 students from Belarus and Russia arrived at the construction site of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which will be the first such power plant in Belarus.
These young people come from all regions of Belarus as well as from the Belgorod, Kaluga and Moscow regions. They were selected on a competitive basis.
A presidential decree in 2014 gave the Belarusian nuclear power plant the status of the "all-Belarusian youth construction site."
Belarusian NPP passes first comprehensive monitoring
Сonstant monitoring. Specialists supervise the erection of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The first inspection was devoted to comprehensive safety. It was carried out jointly by the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other departments. Specialists from Rostekhnadzor (Russian technical standards watchdog) also took part in the inspection as consultants. The next such monitoring is scheduled for October.
Attention was paid to installation work as well as compliance with safety regulations.
Belarusian NPP construction: 15% completed
Some 15 percent of the project to build the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been completed. This figure today announced by the customer of the project.
The site in Astravets now employs more than three thousand builders. It is expected that this year delivery of the main equipment will begin, including the reactor vessels.
Also, workers are erecting a training center. It will open in late 2015. It is designed for staff training.
Belarus amends agreement on first nuclear power plant construction
The construction of the first and second power units of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is progressing according to schedule. This was said on February 25 in the Belarusian parliament. However, the deputies considered changes to the agreement on the construction of the station.
The status of the customer as well as the function of the Belarusian and Russian sides have changed.
Premier Kobyakov: Economic policy may be mitigated in Belarus in H2 2015
The economic policy may be mitigated in Belarus in the second half of this year, said Belarus' Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov at a meeting of the sixth session of the House of Representatives.
Timely payment of wages to public sector workers is not questioned.
Mr Kobyakov presented the program of the Government's activities to the members of parliament.