The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) will undertake peer reviews of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in 2018, says Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk.
Apart from that, Belarus will host a number of IAEA missions as well as online educational seminars before the plant’s launching. A comprehensive evaluation of the Belarusian NPP’s readiness to operate is scheduled for 2018.
Safety is our key priority during the construction and operation of the nuclear power plant. Currently we are preparing a national report on results of the stress tests. We have also agreed to have the results independently evaluated by the European Commission.
He also points out that Belarus openly shares information about the NPP’s building progress – with international nuclear energy agencies, neighboring countries, and others concerned.
The Belarusian NPP joined WANO in 2016. The organization aims to improve the safety of all the nuclear power plants in the world. It unites all the operators of nuclear power plants (about 450 power-generating units).
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built 18km away from Astravets in Grodno region. The commissioning of the first power-generating unit is scheduled for 2019, of the second one – in 2020.