The first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be commissioned in 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said on Wednesday, November 16.
“We expect the new reactor vessel to be delivered by the end of the year. It will be installed in spring 2017. Thus, we expect the power-generating unit to be set into operation in 2019”, Vladimir Semashko added.
Belarus initially planned to set the first unit of the NPP into operation in 2018, and the second one in 2020.
“As you know, the reactor vessel was dropped due to carelessness on the part of the contractor. The independent regulating agency decided that we couldn’t accept the reactor vessel the way it was. Reliability and safety come first. Even if the doubts are smallest, the reactor has to be replaced. This is why the decision to get it replaced was made. It was our decision”, stressed the official.
Belarus decided to replace the vessel of the reactor for the first unit after the incident that occured in July. The reactor vessel slipped while being moved and came in contact with the ground because the workers had violated the relevant instructions. According to Rosatom, the incident did not lead to the damage of the vessel.
A month later Belarusian authorities announced that the vessel would be replaced because it was impossible to confirm the safety of the vessel. Rosatom’s representatives agreed with the decision but said it was taken “to comfort the public opinion” rather than for safety reasons.