Washington Offers To Supply Nuclear Fuel For BelNPP

The U.S. calls on Lithuania and Belarus to engage a dialogue on the construction of BelNPP and offers to supply fuel for the nuclear power plant, Interfax.by reports.

“The U.S. is calling on Lithuania and Belarus to remain in touch and maintain transparency. I would say that VVER reactors similar to those installed at BelNPP operate safely in the world.

In the future, American fuel suppliers could partly supply fuel. This is already being done at some power plants around the world, ” Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Rita Baranwal in the U.S. told BNS on Monday.

Earlier US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said that Lithuania should negotiate with the IAEA and Belarus on matters related to the BelNPP since the U.S. doesn’t plan to get involved in the issue.

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However, after meeting with Perry, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda expressed his hope that “the U.S. will actively engage in dialogue with Belarus to ensure the safety of the BelNPP”.

“This power plant poses a danger of hybrid threats in the Baltic region, so it is essential that the U.S. pay attention to security and preservation of democratic values ​​in Europe,” he said.

In his turn, Minister of Energy of Lithuania Žygimantas Vaičiunas noted that after numerous meetings Lithuania had the assurance and support of the U.S. on nuclear safety issues.

Lithuanian authorities treat the NPP as a threat to the country’s national security, environment and public health. Last week Lithuania carried out nationwide drills in case of any emergencies at BelNPP.

Despite numerous concerns, the BelNPP reportedly passed safety tests in compliance with the EU standards and its first power unit is planned to be set into operation at 2019 year-end.

It can withstand earthquakes and floods, heavy winds and torrential rains, squalls, tornados, hail, dust storms, strong blizzards, ice accumulation, fog, droughts, and other weather phenomena.