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Belarus / Fuel Loading At First Nuclear Plant Scheduled For August

By Kamen Kraev
24 July 2020

Russia is providing two VVER-1200 units for the new facility
Fuel Loading At First Nuclear Plant Scheduled For August
The Belarusian nuclear power station. Photo courtesy Rosatom.
Fuel loading for Unit 1 of the Belarusian nuclear power station is scheduled to begin in August this year, according to a report by state news agency Belta.

Vasily Polyukhovich, director of the nuclear energy department of the Belarusian energy ministry, was quoted by Belta as saying that construction and installation work at the Belrusian-1 and -2 nuclear plants is 98% and 72% complete.

Mr Polyukhovich said 51% of overall work at the nuclear station was carried out by Belarusian contractors.

Nuclear fuel has been stored at the Belarusian-1 site unit since May 2020, he said.

Russia is building two 1,109-MW VVER-1200 reactor units at the Ostrovets site in western Belarus, close to the border with Lithuania.

Construction of Unit 1 began in November 2013 and of Unit 2 in April 2014.

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