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6 Sep 2016

Belarusian nuclear power plant’s construction, equipment standards closely monitored

Belarusian nuclear power plant’s construction, equipment standards closely monitored

MINSK, 6 September (BelTA) – Technical standards relating to the construction and equipment of the Belarusian nuclear power plant are constantly and closely monitored, BelTA learned from Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus Leonid Anfimov on 6 September.

A joint session of the boards of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia took place on 6 September using video conferencing technologies. The session was chaired by heads of the two agencies — Leonid Anfimov and Tatiana Golikova. Participants of the session reviewed results of the audit carried out by the two agencies to examine the compliance of the sides with the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in building a nuclear power plant in Belarus.

Leonid Anfimov said: “In line with the instruction of the head of state the State Control Committee permanently monitors the construction of the nuclear power plant. In order to address emerging issues we carry out pro-active control and analysis measures. The head of state has set the goal of building the most modern, most reliable, and safest nuclear power plant out of all the similar installations in use all over the world. This is why close attention is paid to control over the technical standards employed in the course of the work. The same approach is used with regard to the equipment that will be installed in order to rule out even the slightest disruptions in the technological chain. Instead of double or triple checking we check ten times.”

As part of the joint audit carried out by the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia the two auditing agencies examined efforts of the construction project participants to honor the commitments specified by the Belarusian-Russian nuclear power plant construction agreement. Financing of the construction project was also looked into.

BelTA reported earlier that Belarusian Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik, Architecture and Construction Minister Anatoly Cherny, Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Lashin, top officials of the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, the State Standardization Committee of Belarus, and other agencies were invited to participate in the joint session. State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota, Ambassador of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov, and Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Igor Petrishenko were also present during the session.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is built in compliance with the agreement on cooperation between the governments of Belarus and Russia in building a nuclear power plant in Belarus. The agreement was signed on 15 March 2011. On 25 November 2011 the governments of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement on granting a state export loan to the Belarusian government for the sake of building the nuclear power plant.

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