Belarus NPP first unit to enter service in December 2019

The first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be commissioned in December 2019, Anatoly Bondar, Chief Engineer of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, says.

“The deadline for the commissioning of the first unit is December 2019. Our task is to ensure the full readiness and this is what we will be working towards,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Bondar.

According to him, the reactor pressure vessel, all the four steam generators, and an overhead crane of the transport sluice of the first power-generating unit have already been installed.

Earlier, it was reported that the NPP first power-generating unit would be commissioned in 2018. The construction of two nuclear reactors is provided in the agreement reached by Belarus and Russia, the reactors being supplied by Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of the Russian state corporation Rosatom and the general contractor at the Belarusian NPP construction. The project faced opposition at home and abroad on both safety and political grounds.

Lithuania is the main critic of the idea of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, which is only 20 km from the border and 50 km from Vilnius. Minsk rejects Lithuania’s claims, arguing that nuclear power plants will have high safety standards. Vilnius asked Brussels for involvement of the European Union in the matter.

On 8 April 2016, there was a collapse of the structural frame of the would-be nuclear service building at Astravets NPP, of which was informed in early May.

At first, the authorities denied our report saying that there had not been any incidents at the construction site. State-run mass media remained silent as well. After the publication Lithuania summoned Belarus’ ambassador and handed him a diplomatic note demanding explanation over the incident.

As reported earlier, during installation the enclosure of the future reactor fell from the height of 2 – 4 meters at the construction site of the Belarusian NPP in Astravets.

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