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8 Jun 2016

Comprehensive inspection of Belarusian nuclear power plant construction project in progress

MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) – Another comprehensive inspection of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction project has been launched, BelTA learned from representatives of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department (Gosatomnadzor) of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry.

The inspection is supervised by Gosatomnadzor First Deputy Head Sergei Drobot and involves representatives of the Emergencies Ministry, the State Standardization Committee, the Interior Ministry, the Healthcare Ministry, and the Energy Ministry. A specialist of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostechnadzor) has been invited to participate in the advisory capacity.

The comprehensive inspection will last till 24 June.

The decisions on launching the comprehensive inspection, the timeframe, the supervisor, the composition of the commission and the matters they will look into have been made by the working group on coordinating oversight of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction project.

The comprehensive inspection is supposed to verify that operations at the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant are compliant with requirements of the approved design documents, regulatory acts, including technical regulations of Belarus, technical regulations of the Customs Union, and technical regulations of Russia since all the operations to build and commission the nuclear power plant are supposed to be compliant with these documents.

Unlike other inspections a comprehensive inspection involves representatives of several oversight agencies at once for the sake of getting a complete picture of the safety measures of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Such inspections have been organized twice a year since 2014.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project to build an AES-2006 type nuclear power plant 18km away from Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The BelNPP will have two power-generating units with the total output capacity of up to 2,400MW (2x1,200MW). In line with the general contract for building the nuclear power plant the first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2018, with the second one to go online in 2020.

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