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Physical startup for BelNPP first unit scheduled for February 2019

OSTROVETS, 21 February (BelTA) – The physical startup for the first power generating unit of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant (BelNPP) is scheduled for February 2019, Belarus’ Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk told the media on 21 February, BelTA has learned.

The physical startup is one of the key operations which includes the loading of nuclear fuel and trials. The official commissioning of generating unit No.1 is slated for December 2019.

According to Mikhail Mikhadyuk, the first delivery of fuel is planned in November 2018. According to the general contract, the fuel for the first and second loading will be delivered by the engineering company Atomstroyexport. Belarus signed a contract on the delivery of fuel for the third and subsequent loading of the Belarusian nuclear power plant with TVEL.

The commissioning of the second power generating unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is scheduled for July 2020, Mikhail Mikhadyuk added.

The works are currently underway on 125 out of 130 facilities of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.