Russia and Belarus discussing second nuclear power plant

Russia and Belarus are negotiating about constructing another new nuclear power plant in Belarus, head of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev recently reported.

Alexei Likhachev. Photo: BELTA

“More and more countries are deciding either to expand their nuclear capacity or join the “nuclear club.” Belarus is a striking example. Less than ten years have passed, one unit is already operating steadily, the launch of the second one took place on New Year’s Eve. The first question the government of Belarus has asked us is what we will do when we plan to build another nuclear power plant in the Republic of Belarus. We recall everything that has happened over the years with great warmth, but appetite comes with a meal, and we are already discussing the construction of the second plant,” said Likhachev.

Earlier, Alyaksandr Lukashenka instructed the government to look into the construction of a second nuclear power plant. Prime Minister Raman Halouchanka previously reported that the possibility of building a second nuclear power plant in Belarus would be considered under the guidance of the National Academy of Sciences with the participation of Russian experts. The project will be completed by autumn next year, and Lukashenka will make appropriate proposals.

The construction of the BelNPP in Astravets continues. The first unit was launched in the summer of 2020. At the end of December, the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor started at the second unit. It is planned to be launched in the summer of 2022.