Posted: 03.11.2023 11:54:00

Lukashenko visiting BelNPP

The President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, is visiting the Ostrovets District of the Grodno Region on a working trip, BelTA reports


The Head of State will be reported on the completion of construction and commissioning of the nuclear power plant, on the integration of the BelNPP into the country’s economy and the prospects for co-operation between the Rosatom State Corporation and the Republic of Belarus in nuclear energy and related high-tech areas.

It is planned that Aleksandr Lukashenko will inspect the BelNPP territory and visit the control building of the second power unit.

At present, the BelNPP second power unit has been put into commercial operation. This was preceded by a large amount of work: checking the readiness of technological systems and equipment for the development of thermal and electrical power, carrying out the necessary tests, and training personnel.

On October 24th, 2023, the Emergencies Ministry issued a license to operate the BelNPP second power unit; on November 1st, 2023, the acceptance committee chaired by Deputy PM Piotr Parkhomchik signed an act of acceptance of the unit for commercial operation.

The unit is currently operating at rated power. Since its inclusion in the unified energy system, 2.1bn kWh of electricity has been generated. With the commissioning of the second power unit, the BelNPP will annually generate about 18bn kWh, thus ensuring over 40 percent of the country’s domestic electricity needs.

The BelNPP project has become the most high-tech and large-scale in the history of Belarus-Russia relations. About 40 Belarusian and Russian organisations took part in the construction of the nuclear power plant. At the peak of the station’s construction, more than 9,000 construction workers were involved in the site.

BelNPP meets the highest safety requirements – as was repeatedly confirmed by international expert missions, including the IAEA. In the period from 2012 to 2022, all key IAEA missions recommended for countries building their first nuclear power plant were carried out in Belarus. In a number of areas, the successful experience and positive practices of our country were noted, which today serve as an example for other countries new to nuclear energy.

Monitoring of the radiation situation is carried out around the clock. The data is analysed both at the BelNPP site itself and in the observation zone – at radiation monitoring posts of the automated radiation monitoring system (ARMS). There are nine such posts in total, one more is located in the village of Svir, Myadel District, Minsk Region (outside the surveillance zone).