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Power startup of Belarusian nuclear power plant's first unit to end within days

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MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Over 200 tests and trials have been performed at the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as part of the power startup stage. The power startup stage is supposed to be finished within the next few days, the press service of the Belarusian Energy Ministry told BelTA.

The most important operation tests are supposed to be performed during this stage, including the verification of conformance of physical parameters and performance figures with the designed ones in a stationary operation mode and a transitionary operation mode of the first unit. Key tasks have been accomplished as part of the tests.

Plans have been made to finish the power startup stage of the first unit within the next few days. The unit will be reconnected to the power grid. Preparations are underway for transition to the next stage – pilot operation.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast using the Russian design AES-2006 featuring two VVER-1200 reactors with the total output capacity of 2,400MW. The engineering division of the Russian state nuclear industry corporation Rosatom is the general contractor.