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14.12.2017

Belarus President: We will build nuclear power plant anyway
Belarus President: We will build nuclear power plant anyway Belarus has successes in agriculture, pharmaceutics, and nuclear energy. More than 25 thousand people are responsible for all these developments today. About 8,000 work in the Academy of Sciences. "They are the real elite of society," the President emphasized.

04.12.2017

Belarusian nuclear power plant has 2nd reactor vessel installed
Belarusian NPP has 2nd reactor vessel installed The reactor vessel was installed at the second power unit of the Belarusian NPP, said the press service of the ASE group of companies, acting as general designer and general contractor of the facility. The reactor vessel at the second power unit was installed on December 2. This is one of the key events during the power unit construction. Also, this event is the starting point for the start of the installation of the major equipment of the primary circuit.
Hungary enjoys relations with Belarus at highest level, hopes for more business contacts
Hungary enjoys relations with Belarus at highest level, hopes for more business contacts China pours a new stream into the life of Europe. Last week, 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, at the level of heads of government, discussed plans for cooperation with Beijing in Budapest. China builds relations with European states bypassing the European Union. I do not know why Hungary was chosen as the venue, but Hungary and Brussels have had a lot of disputes in recent years. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov participated in the Budapest summit too and called for more active use of Belarus to build bridges between Europe and Asia.

08.11.2017

Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant’s stress resistance tested
Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant’s stress resistance tested The first results of the Belarusian Nuclear Plant’s resistance have been announced in Minsk on November 8. Specialists have determined that no serious changes will be made to the project, however, some things need to be corrected. The deputy engineer of the plant explained, that the major changes will concern electronics, so that full security is provided when the station goes blackout. It has also been decided to exploit the local seismic control network at all the stages of the Plant’s functioning.

23.10.2017

Reactor vessel for second power unit delivered to Belarusian NPP
Reactor vessel for second power unit delivered to Belarusian NPP The reactor vessel for the second power unit has been delivered to the Belarusian NPP. Its transportation was successful, and installation works will begin already at the end of 2017. As for the first power unit, the reactor vessel and all four steam generators have already been installed there. The first power unit is set to be put into operation in December 2019, the second in 2020. The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built according to the Russian project of the new generation 3+ near the town Astravyets.

20.10.2017

Exercise at Belarusian NPP: How it unfolded
Exercise at Belarusian NPP: How it unfolded A radiation exercise was conducted at the Belarusian NPP on October 19. Even the most incredible scenario was taken into account. Such drills are mandatory in countries where nuclear facilities are being built. A quiet village with a view of the NPP construction site - here is a brief description of Bobrovniki. 80 people live here. Anna, one of local residents, learned about the exercises on the eve after the rescuers addressed to the local residents.

19.10.2017

Radiation safety drills underway in Belarus on IAEA recommendation
Radiation safety drills underway in Belarus on IAEA recommendation A large-scale command and staff exercise to eliminate radiation threat began in Belarus. It is conducted on the recommendation of the IAEA. The maneuvers simulate an almost impossible scenario of events. According to the legend, the participants will put out fires in contaminated areas. Representatives of all neighboring countries, as well as international organizations, are invited to observe the exercises.

18.10.2017

Radiation safety drills being held in Belarus
Radiation safety drills being held in Belarus The planned drills on responding to radiation accidents have begun in Belarus. During two days specialists will drill their knowledge on protecting the population and land areas in connection with release of hazardous substances. Such drills are an international recommendation for the countries which are building their own nuclear power plants. What is more, Belarus borders with countries which have nuclear energy. Therefore there is a necessity to carry out such drills in all regions.
Exercises on responding to radiation accidents begin in Belarus October 18
Exercises on responding to radiation accidents begin in Belarus October 18 On October 18. 2017 the largest exercises on responding to nuclear and radiation accidents begin in Belarus. Representatives of the IAEA, the CSTO, the Red Cross And specialists from foreign counties will be observing the excesses. The idea of the drills has an unpredictable scenario. According to the legend, the participants are to extinguish fires in radiation affected areas. What is more, the system of notifying people. About 300 people and more than 50 machine units, including four aircrafts, will take part in the maneuvers.
Belarus says its NPP complies with IAEA requirements
Belarus says its NPP complies with IAEA requirements On the morning of October 18, a command and staff exercise aiming to practice response to radiation accidents was launched after the meeting of the Commission for Emergency Situations under the aegis of the Council of Ministers. The drills are conducted on the recommendation of the IAEA.

17.10.2017

CSTO joint efforts in combating emergencies prove effective
Belarus to train to handle radiation accidents at Astravyets NPP Joint efforts of the CSTO countries in the liquidation of emergency situations have made it possible to achieve high results. Plans for further development of cooperation were discussed October 17 at the Coordination Council in Minsk. In addition to annual exercises, such mutual assistance mechanisms are actively developing, such as training of personnel, preferential supplies of special equipment and facilities, and interaction with international organizations. 

15.10.2017

New standards to be created in Belarus’ nuclear and nano industries
New standards to be created in Belarus’ nuclear and nano industries A modernized complex of the Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification must be put in commission next year. The Prime Minister of Belarus got acquainted with the reconstruction works on October 13. At the moment there is a testing center in the department, It is more than 20 years old. One of the tasks solved here is to provide a hig quality of products. Its competitive ability directly influences on the expansion of export. It is the main technical link of the national system of dimensions.

13.10.2017

Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents
Belarus holding exercise to practice response to radiation accidents Belarus has invited representatives of all neighboring countries, as well as international organizations, including the IAEA and the CSTO, to watch the exercises aimed at practicing response to radiological accidents. It will be held in different parts of the country and on two border crossings. The active phase of the exercises will take place in Ostrovets District on 19 October. In particular, a warning system at primary rescue operations will be checked. In doing this Belarus operates in accordance with the IAEA recommendations.

10.10.2017

Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus
Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus Tariffs for electricity in Belarus will decrease, said Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko at the opening of a forum dedicated to energy and ecology. In this direction, Belarus carrying out systematic work. On the one hand, the country focuses on the modernization of facilities, on the other on reducing the cost of resources.

19.09.2017

IAEA will continue to assist Belarus in building nuclear power plant
IAEA will continue to assist Belarus in building nuclear power plant Readiness to support Belarus in NPP construction was confirmed today by the general director of the agency Yukiya Amano at a meeting with the Ambassador of Belarus to Austria Elena Kupchina and Deputy Minister of Energy of Belarus Mikhail Mikhadyuk. The conversation took place in Vienna. The 61st session of the IAEA General Conference opened in the Austrian capital yesterday. The most authoritative organization in the field of nuclear energy gathers stakeholders to consider strategic issues and hold scientific discussions. 

25.07.2017

No delays promised in Belarusian NPP commissioning
No delays promised in Belarusian NPP commissioning The Belarusian NPP will be built in the established time frame. On July 24 at a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko this was confirmed by the general director of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev. The first reactor will be finished in the beginning of 2018.

24.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko about Belarusian Nuclear Power Station
Alexander Lukashenko about Belarusian Nuclear Power Station Serious attention is paid to building works of the nuclear plant in Belarus. The issue was discussed at the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Aleksei Likhachev, the director of Rosatom on July 24, 2017. The Ostrovets Nuclear Power Station is among the national projects of Belarus and is paid due attention to. President Lukashenko knows the details of the building works. The main demand is safety of the station.

09.07.2017

"It will be one of Belarus' breadwinners": Lithuanian view on Belarusian NPP
"It will be one of Belarus' breadwinners": Lithuanians on Belarusian NPP "Smart persons" try to exploit authoritative people and authoritative international forums but this old technique does not always work. The accusations of Lithuania over the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant have flown past the ears of US President Trump and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Donald Trump flew to Poland this week as a warm-up before the first handshake with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit. But this is another topic... During a visit to Poland, Trump met with some leaders of Eastern and Central Europe.

22.06.2017

Hospital being built in Belarus' Ostrovets
Hospital being built in Belarus' Ostrovets An inter-district medical center will be created based on a new hospital in Ostrovets, said on June 21 Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Zharko. On June 21, he was shown the infrastructure in the town where workers of the future nuclear power plant will be working. The hospital, financed thanks to the national investment program, is designed to serve 60,000 residents. Modern diagnostic equipment will allow providing medical services at the highest level. It is expected that the hospital will be launched in 2018.

20.06.2017

European Commission to assess Belarusian NPP stress tests
European Commission to assess Belarusian NPP stress tests The main equipment at the first power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) has been installed, said Russian construction experts on June 19 in Moscow. The large-scale forum Atomexpo is underway there at the moment. The Belarusian stand has been presented here too.

19.06.2017

Belarusian NPP launch discussed at Atomexpo on June 19
Belarusian NPP launch discussed at Atomexpo on June 19 Belarus and Russia’s agency Rosatom have agreed to invigorate work on the first power unit of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Joint actions on launching the unit were discussed at the international forum Atomexpo, which opened June 19 in Moscow.
We are ready to prove Belarusian NPP is absolutely safe, Vladimir Semashko says
We are ready to prove Belarusian NPP is absolutely safe, Vladimir Semashko says Every time, approaching the Lithuanian border, in the vicinity of Ostrovets you can't help but look at the new units of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Belarusians have mixed feelings: anxiety, brought by the "Chernobyl virus", reliability, fundamentalism and pride for these monolithic constructions that look no less magnificent from afar than the Egyptian pyramids.

14.06.2017

Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP
Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP by the end of this week. This was announced on June 13 by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. According to Vladimir Semashko, the claims of the Lithuanian side lie more in the political plane than in security issues. The Vice-Premier drew attention to the fact that the site of the NPP in Ostrovets is inspected by a number of foreign experts, including representatives of the IAEA.

09.06.2017

IAEA: Belarusian NPP takes into account all aspects of security
IAEA: Belarusian NPP takes into account all aspects of security All aspects of safety at the Belarusian nuclear power plant are taken into account - from site selection and design to external interaction, reports the IAEA inspection team. The mission published the final report following their work in Belarus from 16 to 20 January 2017. The document says that the Belarusian side has appropriately analyzed possible external risks and adopted the necessary measures to ensure security.

28.04.2017

Belarus and Slovakia to discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety April 28
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.

27.04.2017

Belarusian scientists developing new nuclear fuel with Russian, US counterparts
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.

26.04.2017

Chernobyl commemoration ceremony held in People's Friendship Park in Minsk
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.

21.04.2017

Fuel at 1st power unit of Belarusian NPP to be loaded in 2019
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"
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.

21.02.2017

Rational use of scientific university developments vital in Belarus
Rational use of scientific university developments vital for Belarus The potential of young specialists must be used rationally and innovation must be profitable, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusyi is convinced. The quality of staff training was discussed at the Belarusian University of Technology on February 17.

08.02.2017

Belarus to reduce natural gas consumption by 20% after NPP launch
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.

03.02.2017

Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction
Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize the construction of the Belarusian NPP, said the President at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign media.

22.01.2017

IAEA says no violations during Belarusian NPP construction
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.

05.01.2017

Belarus calls on Lithuania to continue dialogue on Astravyets NPP construction
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).

29.12.2016

Belarusian NPP gets replacement for first reactor vessel from Russia
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.

08.12.2016

Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
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.

25.11.2016

Reactor vessel for  Belarusian NPP delivered to Novovoronezh
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.

01.11.2016

Russia makes second reactor for Belarusian NPP
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.

24.10.2016

Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
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.

18.10.2016

Belarusian NPP to get ecological passport
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.

16.10.2016

IAEA experts: Belarus is leading nuclear newcomer
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.

15.10.2016

IAEA mission about Belarusian nuclear power plant
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.

14.10.2016

IAEA: Belarus strictly adheres to security strategy principles
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.

03.10.2016

IAEA infrastructure assessment mission visiting Belarus
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.

02.10.2016

Nuclear power plants in Slovakia and Austria: How and why nuclear stations differ in center of Europe
Nuclear power plants in Slovakia and Austria: How and why nuclear stations differ in center of Europe This topic is delightful for some people, for some people it is very alarming issue. The most powerful source of energy will appear in Belarus soon. It’s clear that we are talking about the Belarusian nuclear power plant. It has been recently presented in Austria. Our special correspondent Yana Shipko visited two power plants with completely different histories.

28.09.2016

Nuclear safety is Belarus' absolute priority
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 Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission
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.

27.09.2016

Yukiya Amano: I was impressed by Belarus NPP constuction
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.
Information boards to monitor Belarusian NPP construction to open in Vienna
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.

26.09.2016

Belarus to open Ostrovets NPP exhibition at IAEA General Conference
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).

19.08.2016

President holds a meeting
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 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.

15.08.2016

Russia to replace Belarus' reactor vessel at Ostrovets construction site
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. 

11.08.2016

Belarus to replace damaged reactor vessel for Belarusian NPP power unit
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. 

05.08.2016

Belarus President on 2016 parliamentary elections during trip to Vitebsk region
Belarus President on 2016 parliamentary elections during trip to Vitebsk region 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.

04.08.2016

President Lukashenko comments on Ostrovets NPP incident
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.

07.07.2016

Students from Russia and Kazakhstan to help construct Belarusian nuclear power plant
Students from Russia and Kazakhstan to help construct Belarusian nuclear power plant The third labor semester has officially opened today at the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Taking part in the construction of the nuclear power plant this summer will be more than 400 children from Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Students will carry out concrete and masonry work and install some equipment.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
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
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.

30.05.2016

Belarus on Lithuania's accusations about Belarusian NPP safety
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.

13.05.2016

From trade to space programs: Belarus, Russia discuss cooperation on May 12
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.

28.04.2016

More charging stations for electric cars to appear in Belarus after NPP launch
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.

24.04.2016

Belarusian nuclear power plant
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.

19.04.2016

IAEA Director General visits Ostrovets NPP in Belarus
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: Nuclear power plant construction on schedule
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.

18.04.2016

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Belarusian nuclear power plant April 18
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.

28.03.2016

Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?
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.

29.02.2016

Vladimir Potupchik
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. 

22.02.2016

Belarus launches NPP training center
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.

12.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries
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. 

03.02.2016

IAEA praises Belarusian experience in building its own NPP
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.

02.02.2016

Belarusian NPP to be presented at IAEA meeting in Vienna
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". 

19.01.2016

Belarus NPP's reactor vessel production process on video
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.

17.01.2016

Belarus is among nuclear safety leaders
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. 

29.12.2015

Top 5 events in Belarus in 2015
Top 5 events in Belarus in 2015, according to Information and Analysis Center What are the key events of the 2015? Such an opinion poll was conducted by the Information and Analysis Center of Belarus.  Around 54% of Belarusians believe that this was the October 11 presidential election. 

21.12.2015

Equipment installation at Belarus' NPP to start in 2016
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.

02.12.2015

Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app
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.

28.10.2015

Four universities training specialists for Belarusian NPP
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.

15.10.2015

Belarusian NPP waiting for first power unit's reactor vessel from Volgodonsk
Belarusian NPP waiting for first power unit's reactor vessel from Volgodonsk The Belarusian NPP in November will get the reactor vessel for first power unit.

10.10.2015

President Lukashenko calls Belarusian NPP new stage in Russia's construction of 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.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rosatom director general Sergey Kiriyenko
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Rosatom director general Sergey Kiriyenko The Belarus President visited October 9 the construction site of the Ostrovets NPP. Experts say that the peaceful atom will give impetus to the development of not only the Ostrovets district, but also the whole country. And now, said the President, one cannot hurry with the construction.

09.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko visits Belarusian nuclear power plant
Alexander Lukashenko visits Belarusian nuclear power plant: We must have a station - it's a completely different image of the Belarusian nation The safest in the world nuclear power plant is being built in Belarus. On October 9, Alexander Lukashenko visited the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP), where he met with the Director General of Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko. As it was reported to Belarus President, the construction of the plant proceeds on schedule.
Construction of Belarusian nuclear power plant proceeds on schedule
Construction of Belarusian nuclear power plant proceeds on schedule On October 9, Alexander Lukashenko visited the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP). The construction of the plant proceeds on schedule, told the Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko to Belarus President.

30.09.2015

NPP information center
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.

18.09.2015

Belarus elected to IAEA Board of Governors
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.  

14.09.2015

Belarusian nuclear power plant presented in Vienna
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.

31.08.2015

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.

27.08.2015

Mikhail Mikhadyuk, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus
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.

27.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Building Belarusian NPP, Belarus and Russia want to show the future of nuclear power plants
Alexander Lukashenko: Building Belarusian NPP Belarus and Russia want to show the future of nuclear power plants Belarusian nuclear power plant is an example of the future of nuclear power stations. The Belarusian President held on July 27 a meeting to review personnel training for NPP and the provision of housing to specialists.

07.07.2015

400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction
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."

17.06.2015

Olga Lugovskaya, Head of the Department of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus
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.    

27.05.2015

Nordic Council discussing nuclear safety cooperation with Belarus Heads of regulatory authorities in the field of nuclear and radiation safety of the participants of the Nordic Council (Norway, Finland and Sweden) are visiting Belarus from 27 to 29 May to meet with experts from the relevant area. 

11.03.2015

Belarusian NPP director Andrei Barkun
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.

08.03.2015

Construction of Belarusian NPP 2 months ahead of schedule: Picture of the World's report from Astravets
Construction of Belarusian NPP 2 months ahead of schedule: Picture of the World's report from Astravets Joint interests of Belarus and Russia are extensive: from space to the atom. The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is one of the major joint projects.

25.02.2015

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.
Government house
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.

11.02.2015

Belarus' government
Belarus' government approves national strategy for sustainable socio-economic development up to 2030 The Belarus' government has approved the national strategy for sustainable socio-economic development until 2030. The document should help Belarus reach an ambitious goal - to enter the top 40 list of states with high human development.  In Brest, money is received from... garbage. This plant is the only company in the country that turns organic waste into heat and income.