1st unit of Belarus nuke plant to come online in November 2018

The first power-generating unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) will be commissioned in November 2018, Anatoly Bondar, Chief Engineer of the enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, said.

“The first power unit is scheduled for commissioning in November 2018, the second one in July 2020. Today we are working hard, so the time between the commissioning of the first and the second unit may be reduced. We observed a similar situation as nuclear power plants were launched in other countries,” Anatoly Bondar told state-run news agency BelTA.

According to him, the construction of the two power-generating units was simultaneously underway in 2015. All the works at the BelNPP construction site are on schedule, Bondar added.

Some days ago, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told reporters that the construction of the nuclear power plant in Belarus would be delivered on time.

“A very important investment project for us is the construction of the Belarusian NPP in the Grodno region, it is being conducted strictly in compliance with the schedule,” Putin said after talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The construction of two nuclear reactors is provided in the agreement reached by Belarus and Russia, the reactors being supplied by Atomstroyexport, Russia. The project faced opposition at home and abroad on both safety and political grounds. Lithuania has been criticising Belarus for failing to ensure safety of the would-be nuclear power plant which is being built 50 kilometers from the Lithuanian capital.

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