The safety of the firstborn of the energy industry in Belarus and its openness are unconditional priorities for the country at all stages of the implementation of a large-scale energy project, approved by the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Karankevich.
Discussing on the sidelines of the 65th session of the IAEA terminal conference, which is taking place in Vienna, the prospects for cooperation of nuclear scientists with the director general of this organization Raephal Grossi, he said that two more IAEA missions are planned in Ostrovets by the end of the year, BelTA said.
Local observers remind that the republic has already hosted the IAEA mission recommended for countries building their first nuclear power plant. The recommendations and suggestions received form the basis for national action plans, which are important guidelines for the implementation of the nuclear power program.
The Minister expressed gratitude to the IAEA specialists for the assistance in the development of nuclear energy infrastructure, assessment and advisory missions. These are two follow-up missions, which should take place before the end of this year, to appreciate the progress in the operational safety of the nuclear power plant. During the meeting with the head of the IAEA, the talk is about the draft of a new framework program for cooperation between Belarus and the agency for the next five years.
The head of the Ministry of Energy also informed his counterpart that the mission of the European Group of Nuclear Safety Regulators (ENSREG) visited the nuclear power plant in the Grodno region in early September. Its indicator of significant progress in implementing test recommendations and implementing the national plan.
The Minister invited the Director General of the IAEA to take part in the ceremony of commissioning the complex of the Belarusian NPP, which will take place next year.
Rael Grossi assured that he would continue to support this project, the openness of official Minsk for cooperation with other organizations. For this reason, the IAEA cannot introduce one reason why the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets could not be put into operation.
By the way, as “SOYUZ” has already informed, before the end of this year Belarusian specialists together with Russian specialists will carry out the physical start-up of the Second Unit of the Belarusian NPP. Its readiness is already almost ninety percent, Rosatom specialists confirmed, referring to the general director of the corporation, Alexei Likhachev. Assessing the dynamics of work during the construction of the power unit, the specialists of the Russian corporation explained that the specialists are successfully “moving towards its completion.”
In the near future, Likhachev specified, summing up the results of his visit to the NPP construction site in early September, the process of “hot” testing of the reactor plant is nearing completion, the main goal of which is to confirm the readiness of the equipment and systems of the power unit for the “Physical start-up” stage. Then, in the first half of 2022, it will be put into operation.
As you know, for the first NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors in Sineoki, a Russian 3+ generation project was chosen, which fully complies with international standards and safety recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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