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11 Jul 2018

Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant satisfied with results of stress tests peer review

OSTROVETS, 11 July (BelTA) – The state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant is satisfied with results of the peer review of the Belarusian nuclear power plant stress tests. The enterprise’s Director General Mikhail Filimonov made the statement as he commented on the report released by European experts, BelTA has learned.

The executive said: “We and our neighbors are conscious about the safety of the nuclear power plant. We will work on these matters.” Speaking about the construction of the power plant, the director general noted that everything proceeds on schedule without any lags.

Andrei Barkun, Deputy Director General, Head of the Capital Construction Office of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, told BelTA that the main equipment of the first unit had already been assembled. “The contractor is getting ready to test it. Equipment of the reactor compartment of the second unit is being installed. Preparations for installing the turbines are underway. Work to install electric and thermal systems proceeds at other facilities,” he added.

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. 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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