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9 Aug 2018

Belarus to study all European conclusions on BelNPP stress tests

MINSK, 9 August (BelTA) – The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) will give consideration to all recommendations of European experts following the peer review of the stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Gosatomnadzor Head Olga Lugovskaya said on 9 August unveiling the results of the peer review of the stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Mark Foy who led the peer review team was also present, BelTA has learned.

“Gosatomnadzor will examine all the recommendations given by the European partners. We were advised to approach these recommendations very sensibly regarding the way we will use them and take them as a basis for our activities,” Olga Lugovskaya said.

“The recommendations we received following the peer review are of exceptional value and great importance to us. A big job was done,” she underlined.

These recommendations will be taken into consideration while drafting a national plan of action to strengthen the BelNPP safety.

In 2016 Belarus voluntarily stress tested its nuclear power plant taking into account specifications of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG). The national report on results of the stress tests was forwarded to the European Commission and made available to the general public online in 2017. The main conclusion is the Belarusian nuclear power plant is resilient to events of the kind that befell the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. A group of 17 experts representing nuclear and radiation safety regulatory agencies visited Belarus in March 2018 upon ENSREG’s authorization as part of the peer review process. The group also included representatives of the European Commission. Representatives of the IAEA, Russia, and Iran acted as observers.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built using the Russian standard Generation III+ design AES-2006 near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020.

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