The first power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) will be set into operation at year-end 2019.
The deadline is December 2019, the station’s chief engineer revealed.
Earlier, the general contractor, Russia’s Rosatom, had voiced plans to finally commission the plant in 2020.
The chief engineer of BelNPP added there should be no doubts about the safety of the plant.
“We have drafted a report on stress tests, on the basis of which the national report is being prepared. After it passes domestic expertise, it will be available to specialists from the European Union, too,” he said.
According to the official, the analysis has shown that the Belarusian nuclear power plant is very well protected from emergencies and natural disasters like floods or earthquakes.
BelNPP is being built 18km away from Astravets in Grodno region and 50km away from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
Such location has caused numerous critical statements from the neighboring state since the beginning of the plant’s construction.