Clear plans already outlined

Ground-work for Belarusian nuclear power station to start in late summer

By Anna Kotova

“We’ll begin construction of the nuclear power station this year,” explained Belarus’ First Deputy Prime Minister, Vladimir Semashko, at a session of the State Committee for Standardisation’s (Gosstandart) Department for Energy Efficiency. “The preparatory period is almost over and a document has been signed to begin ground-work in late August-early September.” He added that, by 2016, the first block will be ready, with the second block to be finished by 2018.

Mr. Semashko stressed the significance of the hydro-energy sphere in Belarus. By 2020, thirteen hydro-electric stations will have been built on the Zapadnaya Dvina, Nieman and Dnieper rivers. Meanwhile, a special programme has been approved to set up 161 mini-power stations using local fuels.

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