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2 May 2019

Energy Ministry confident in possibility of constructive nuclear energy cooperation with Lithuania

Energy Ministry confident in possibility of constructive nuclear energy cooperation with Lithuania

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) – The Belarusian Energy Ministry is confident in the possibility of constructive cooperation with Lithuania in the area of nuclear energy. Belarusian Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich made the statement as he met with the Lithuanian ex-president, member of the European Parliament Rolandas Paksas on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

The energy minister said: “We believe it is advisable and express confidence in the possibility of constructive cooperation of Belarus with the European Union as well as Lithuania in the area of nuclear energy.”

Viktor Karankevich reminded that Belarus had voluntarily arranged stress tests of the nuclear power plant and a peer review. A national action plan was put together in the wake of the stress tests. Belarus actively cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

The official stressed that safety is the top priority in implementing the project to build the nuclear power plant. “Like no one else Belarus is interested in the safety of the nuclear power plant under construction. We have repeatedly stated and proved with deeds that the construction of the nuclear power plant proceeds in line with international safety standards. A system to oversee the construction of the nuclear power plant has been created: it includes departmental oversight and state oversight,” Viktor Karankevich said.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast using a Russian design featuring two VVER-1200 reactors with the total output capacity of 2,400MW. The first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020.

 

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