The Belarusian Energy Ministry commented on the information about the incident that took place at the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant on 10 July as was reported by the media.
The Ministry said that an off-nominal situation occurred during rigging operations at the site where a reactor vessel of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was stored. The state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, the customer of the project, immediately requested all the necessary documents and information from the general contractor.
The situation is still being analyzed, BelTA reports.
“The relevant decision will be made after Belarusian specialists study the information provided by Atomstroyexport (the general contractor – note.). The Belarusian side will primarily take into account the need to ensure the unconditional safety of the future nuclear power plant,” the state news agency quotes the source.
Earlier some Belarusian media reported that the accident occurred at the NPP construction site on 10 July. According to them, during the installation the 330 ton reactor dropped from 2-4 metres height.
The Belarusian side did not comment on this information for a long time.
These reports were followed by a statement of the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite on 26 July. The official said that incidents at Astravyets power plant, a nuclear facility that Belarus is building close to its border with Lithuania, show that Vilnius has grounds to be concerned about the project’s safety.
She added that unless Belarus takes steps to ensure the international safety standards at the NPP, Lithuania together with the international community will try to hinder the work of the plant.
According to the agreement between Belarus and the general contractor, the installation of the nuclear reactor is to start in 2016. The construction of the first unit will be completed in 2018.