The shipment of the new reactor vessel for the Belarusian nuclear power plant will be organized by Russia in late October, news agency RIA reports with a reference to Rosatom’s, the general contractor, website.
According to the agency, the start of the delivery is scheduled on October 25, 2016. The vessel will be shipped from Atommash plant in Volgodonsk, Rostov region, Russia, where the production is located, to Bobrovniki station in Belarus, the nearest railway point to the NPP’s construction site.
Journalists emphasize that the specification of the freight does not contain information regarding the power unit in which the vessel will be used.
It was reported earlier that the vessel in question was originally intended for the second unit of the NPP, but may be installed in the first unit instead.
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.
Belarus initially planned to set the first unit of the NPP into operation in 2018, and the second one in 2020.