Contract signed to build the first nuclear power plant in Belarus

A contract to complete construction of Belarus’ first nuclear power plant was signed July 18 by Russian company Atomstroyexport and the directorate for nuclear power plant construction in Belarus. Construction of the plant, Ostrovets , has been on-going since April 2012.

The signing ceremony was also attended by representatives of Rosatom, Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, and the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus.

The contract defines obligations of the parties, implementation timeframe, cost, organizational arrangements and other terms and conditions of the plant construction.

“During its construction we stick to the schedule, which was determined by the Russia-Belarus agreements,” said director of NIAEP, the management company of Atomstroyexport, Valery Limarenko.

The total amount of the contract is about $10 billion. The plant will be equipped with two VVER-1200 reactors that will generate about 2,400 MW. The units will also have a “core melt trap” installed. Rosatom said the core melt trap is a unique invention of the Russian engineers, which confines melted products within the containment, if the reactor core melts down. This system is being installed now at all Russian plants under construction.

The first unit is expected to start generating power by November 2018, and the second unit by July 2020.

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