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First Reactor Unit Of Belarus Power Plant 50% Ready, Nuclear Fuel To Arrive In 2018

The readiness of the first reactor unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is 50%, of the second – 35%, the plant’s director Mikhail Filimonov told the media.

He revealed when the nuclear fuel will arrive and when BelNPP will be set into operation.

Speaking about the readiness of the nuclear power plant, Mikhail Filimonov said:

“At present, about 70% of concrete and 83-85% of reinforcement has been laid. 50% of the first power unit and 35% of the second have been constructed.”

The amount of investment into the project is set at $11 billion, with 10 billion coming from Russia and 10% of the total invested by the Belarusian side.

First nuclear fuel will be delivered to the plant at the end of 2018.

Under the intergovernmental agreements, nuclear fuel will be supplied from Russia during the entire period of the NPP’s operation.

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The deadline for the reactor’s launch remains unchanged –  the first power unit should be fully ready for operation in December 2019.

The second power unit will commissioned in 2020.

Construction works at the second power unit are 80% complete. It will be ready for the arrival of the reactor vessel in a month.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant will give jobs to 1600 people; about 1000 are already working. All emloyees will be trained in the training center of BelNPP.

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