Belarusian specialists will be the main force at the construction site.
Yuri Neretin, Chief Engineer of the NIAEP JSC representative office in Belarus, told a mass media tour arranged for Belarusian and foreign reporters as part of the 6th AtomExpo-Belarus-2014 international exhibition and conference, that, in line with agreements, the involvement of Belarusian companies in the work required to build the Belarusian nuclear power station will stay as high as possible.
Five percent of work has been carried out on the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power station
“The involvement level may be higher or lower depending on the qualification a specific operation requires. It’s unlikely that Belarusians will be involved in the installation of the reactor and the central circulation line, but they certainly can do the rest,” he noted.
At present, five powerful Belarusian construction companies and one Russian enterprise are used at the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power station. In particular, the Russian specialists take care of the reinforcement of the foundation slabs for buildings and facilities.
According to the Belarusian Energy Ministry, over 80 Belarusian companies displayed interest in work on the construction of the nuclear power station. Many of them already supply general industrial equipment, such as lifting equipment, concrete, and reinforcements. Many Belarusian companies were registered in the NIAEP database as potential suppliers of equipment. Some suppliers were added to this database as part of the Atomex supplier conference that was held within the framework of AtomExpo-Belarus-2014 exhibition.
The equipment the nuclear power station needs is graded, with different procedures used for admittance, acceptance, and order fulfilment control. The share of Belarusian components during the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power station is expected to be at least 25 percent.
Meanwhile, the decision by Vnesheconombank to provide Belarus with a loan to finance advance payments dealing with the construction of the nuclear power station may be adopted in the near future. This was announced by Belarus’ Prime Minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich after his meeting with the Chairman of Vnesheconombank, Vladimir Dmitriev. “We’ve practically finished preparations for a large-scale agreement on credit support for the building of the Belarusian nuclear power station,” said the Head of the Government. “I think that today’s agreement will allow us to make the final decision soon”.
In December 2013, Vnesheconombank’s Supervisory Board made the decision to open a $500m credit line to the Belarusian Government for a period of 8 years. Credit resources will be directed towards financing advance payments dealing with the construction of the nuclear power station.
The State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) in Russia and Bank BelVEB JSC are agent banks in servicing the Russian state export credit for the construction of the nuclear power station.