The construction of the nuclear power plant in Astravets is nearly over, Uladzimir Syamashka, Belarusian Ambassador to Russia, said on Wednesday.
According to him, the exact date of launching the Belarus NPP’s first unit will be fixed in about a week, BelTA reports.
“As far as power unit #1 is concerned, we will decide on the specific date of the physical launch together with the management of Rosatom no later than within a week. I am still supervising this station, we call meetings every month,” the diplomat said.
In February 2021, the first power unit will start operate at full capacity, he added. The commissioning of the second unit is scheduled for May, 2022.
The would-be Belarusian NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is being built according to the Russian project near Astravets in Hrodna region. The public keep being concerned over the unavailability of information about everything that happens at and around the site. It is expected that the NPP will send its used nuclear fuel to Russia, but it will be stored in Belarus for about 10 years before the shipment.