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20 Apr 2016

Malkina: No harm to lakes and ecological trails from NPP in Belarus

MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) - Lakes and ecological trails will remain intact in Belarus after the nuclear power plant is commissioned, Belarus’ First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Iya Malkina told reporters on the sidelines of AtomExpo in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

“The lakes in Grodno Oblast and all over the country will remain unharmed. Ecological trails and specially protected natural areas of the country will also be in the same shape as before the start of construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant,” Iya Malkina noted.

The official called upon everybody to see the processes taking place in Belarus in connection with the NPP construction in a positive light. “As part of regular monitoring by the Ministry of Natural Resources, we have repeatedly stressed that the nuclear power plant will have no negative impact on the environment in the region and in the country as a whole,” Iya Malkina noted.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project to build an AES-2006 type nuclear power plant 18km away from Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The Belarusian nuclear power plant will have two power-generating units with the total output capacity of up to 2,400MW (2x1,200MW). The Russian company NIAEP-ASE is the general designer and general contractor of the project. 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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