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Belarus. Failure at a nuclear power plant

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The first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrowiec, in the Grodno region, was disconnected from the power supply. The generator protection system has worked, the Belarusian Ministry of Energy reported on Saturday. It ensured that the radiation level in the vicinity of the power plant was normal.

“The protection system was activated during the test and industrial operation of the first unit” of the power plant, the ministry informed. The state-owned BiełTA agency explains that testing of power plant systems and equipment is carried out during such operation.

On January 13, the Ministry of Energy announced that dynamic and static tests had started from the evening of the previous day, during which the power plant unit was operating at full capacity. After the completion of these tests, comprehensive verification of the operation of the power plant at the target capacity was to begin. The next step is to be the decision of a special commission to accept the facility and start industrial operation.

Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant in Ostrowiec MAXIM GUCHEK / EPA / PAP

On November 9-19, 2020, the operation of the power plant was suspended due to a failure of the additional electrotechnical system. It happened just two days after the official opening of the facility. On December 2, it was informed about the need for additional adjustment of the operation of some systems.

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Construction of a nuclear power plant

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built about 20 km from the town of Ostrowiec and according to the Russian AES-2006 project. The power plant consists of two power units, each with a reactor capacity of up to 1,200 megawatts. The gym is being built by the Russian Rosatom and it is financed mostly from a loan granted to Minsk by Moscow. The plans assume that the power plant is to produce 18 billion kilowatt hours of energy per year.

The commissioning of the first reactor was postponed several times. The commissioning of the first unit is scheduled for the first quarter of this year. The second unit is to be put into operation in 2022.

The power plant is located 23 km from the border between Belarus and Lithuania and 55 km east of Vilnius.

Main photo source: MAXIM GUCHEK / EPA / PAP

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