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New-Builds And Industrial Giants, Where Else BelNPP Energy Will Be Used?

The electricity generated by the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) will be used at the enterprises of the real sector and for the needs of the population.

The manufacturing sector, agriculture, transport, IT, housing and utilities sector included.

The authorities are currently considering the ways of subsidizing the increased use of the BelNPP energy. The long-term plans were made public by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Lyashenko in an interview to CTV channel.

It particularly implies that own generating capacity of enterprises in the industrial sector will allow not to invest in their renewal, but to replace it thanks to the capacity growth after the NPP is commissioned. It also means that industrial enterprises will have feed-in tariffs.

What for?

One of the planned novelties is a European concept of using electricity instead of gas to heat water. Reduced tariffs will be offered to the population at night time.

Another one is the equipping of all new buildings of the country with electric stoves. Plus, infrastructure for the wider use of electric transport and personal electric vehicles is on the agenda.

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The production of e-cars of a custom design in Belarus will start in the near future. The approximate price of such vehicles will reportedly reach $15,000-16,000.

“The government should prepare a comprehensive and feasible plan to promote of use of electricity in the

Complete energy independence

Last week President Alexander Lukashenko set a task to achieve complete energy independence and security in Belarus.

According to the president, a lot of funds were injected into the energy sector to help it get better. Over $1 billion was invested in the sector over the past five years alone.

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That allowed Belarus to get ahead of the curve in the CIS in terms of fuel consumption per 1KW of electric energy. Consumption of imported fuel has shrunk by 3 billion cubic meters of gas in equivalent.

“This amounts to about $600 million per year,” the head of state noted. Domestic production of electric energy expanded by 2.1 billion KW.

By the way, in 2018 we stopped importing electric energy, which happened for the first time,” the Belarusian leader said.

Recall that despite numerous concerns, the BelNPP passed safety tests in compliance with the EU standards and its first power unit is planned to be set into operation at 2019 year-end.