The launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is scheduled for November 7, said the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko.
“Our first nuclear power plant is getting ready for launch. I invite everyone. – said Mr. Lukashenko at a meeting with the “political activists” of the republic (quoted by BelTA).
The Belarusian nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW will be near Ostrovets, Grodno Region, is a Russian project.
The general contractor is the Russian State Rosatom corporation. In August, fuel was loaded into the reactor of the first power unit, which is currently at the stage of physical start-up. The inclusion of the first power unit into the power system is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020. Commissioning of the second power unit is expected in 2022.
As a fallout of massive protests in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia announced that they would not purchase electricity from Minsk after the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
Meanwhile, the project was designed for the export of energy resources. Investments in the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Belarus are estimated at more than $ 10 billion. Initially, it was a Russian loan for a period of 25 years. Later it was extended for two years, and the rate was lowered to 3.3% per annum.