Rosatom Intends To Fully Commission Belarus NPP In Summer 2020

Belarusian nuclear power plant may be fully commissioned in summer 2020, General Director of Rosatom told Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko as the two met on 24 July.

The Russian nuclear energy industry corporation Rosatom is the general contractor of the Belarusian NPP.

Construction of the Belarusian NPP. Photo: TUT.BY

“Yesterday we worked at the station all day and discussed the state of affairs. We are ready to report in detail,” Rosatom Director General Aleksei Likhachev said.

“We stick to the obligations of Rosatom to commission the entire station in summer 2020”.

Likhachev recalled the talk between Alexamder Lukashenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin in May 2012, when the project started.

Alexander Lukashenko meets Rosatom delegation in Minks on 24 July. Photo: press service of Belarusian president

“You had set task is to build the safest, most modern station in Europe. So Rosatom operates on the basis of this task. Indeed, this is a new generation of security (3+). It has no analogues in the world,” Rosatom’s chief said.

In his turn, Alexander Lukashenko stated that Belarus pays close attention to the construction of its nuclear power plant.

“The decision to build a nuclear power plant was not an easy one for us after the Chernobyl catastrophe.

There were fears, but we managed to convince people that it is our future, first of all. Secondly, it means the most advanced technologies,” the Belarusian leader said.

See also: European Experts Will Independently Evaluate Belarusian NPP Stress Tests

The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is financed by a loan from Russia.

The is built based on the Project NPP-2006, a typical Russian project of a new generation nuclear power plant with the water-water energetic reactor WWER-1200.

The first delivery of nuclear fuel to BelNPP is expected in late 2018. According to the plan, first power unit is to be commissioned in 2019, the second – in 2020.

Source: TUT.BY, BelTA