An expert group of the European Commission will provide an independent evaluation of the results of stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said answering questions of foreign diplomats after their tour of the Belarusian NPP construction site on 26 May.
According to the official, the stress tests have been completed. They were done taking the requirements of European regulations into account.
“Our regulating agency (the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry – note BelTA) is now busy compiling the national repot on the stress tests. The report will be forwarded to the European Commission,” Mikhail Mikhadyuk said.
The European Commission will set up an expert group to perform the independent evaluation of the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s stress tests.
About 25 diplomats, who are accredited in Belarus, made a tour to the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant on 26 May. The delegation included heads of diplomatic missions and charges d’affaires.
In particular, ambassadors of Russia, the UAE, Palestine, the UK, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, and Turkmenistan were made familiar with the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction progress. Diplomats from Slovakia, Czechia, Poland, Japan, Hungary, the USA, and Netherlands also came to Ostrovets.
Belarus stress-tested its nuclear power plant in 2016 using European methods and taking into account recommendations based on the European Commission’s and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group’s (ENSREG) specifications, BelTA reports. The resilience of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as well as its adaptation to extreme impacts were tested.
The safe operation of the nuclear power plant in the face of extreme external impacts was tested. Consequences of natural phenomena were forecasted such as combinations of floods, extreme weather conditions and external impacts, consequences of the nuclear power plant’s losing safety functions due to the loss of external power.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built 18km away from Astravets in Grodno region. The commissioning of the first power-generating unit is scheduled for 2019, of the second one – in 2020.