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15 Apr 2019

Public hearings ahead of license to operate Belarusian nuclear power plant

Public hearings ahead of license to operate Belarusian nuclear power plant

SOCHI, 15 April (BelTA) – The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) will arrange public hearings before making the decision to grant the license to operate the Belarusian nuclear power plant or not. It may happen in August-September 2019, BelTA learned from Gosatomnadzor Head Olga Lugovskaya during the Atomexpo forum in Sochi on 15 April.

Gosatomnadzor is now perusing the safety justification documents. The regulatory body is supposed to get this package of documents before making the decision to grant the license to operate or not. Gosatomnadzor received the documents in late 2017.

“When the expert evaluation of safety documents is over, the registering authority has at least one month to make the decision. In this month we will arrange public hearings. If we get the expert conclusion in late July, consider it, form conditions of the license, then the public hearings are likely to happen in August or possibly September. Conclusions of the experts as well as the operator’s conformance with license requirements (technical competence, readiness of the personnel, and the overall readiness of the facility) will be discussed during the public hearings,” the official specified.

“We would like to inform the general public about how the expert evaluation proceeded and about the main conclusions,” the Gosatomnadzor head 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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