MINSK, May 25, 2020, (PrimePress) - Rosatom Engineering Division has completed the acceptance of nuclear fuel to be loaded into the reactor of the first power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (Astravyets District, Grodno Oblast), the Russian company reports.
The incoming inspection was carried out by specialists of the Belarusian NPP in the presence of general contractor’s representatives and officers of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor).
The inspectors checked the accompanying documents, the external state of the containers, and the integrity of seals. Papers were signed to confirm the quality of the received fuel. All the fuel rod arrays will remain in the fresh nuclear fuel storage facility before they are loaded into the reactor of the first unit.
Deputy Energy Minister of Belarus Mikhail Mikhadiuk reported in May 2020 that nuclear fuel for the first power unit was delivered to the NPP on May 6, 2020. Minister of Energy of Belarus Viktor Karankevich said that the reactor of the first power unit would be put into operation in July 2020, and energy would be supplied to the national grid from September or October 2020.
Belarus’ first nuclear power plant in Ostrovets (a town in the Grodno Region also referred to as Astravyets) will have two units with a combined capacity of up to 2,400 megawatts, which are slated to be launched in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The Belarusian nuclear station’s design stems from the AES-2006 design developed by the St Petersburg-based institute Atomenergoproject, which is also the general contractor of the Belarusian project.