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    Belarus to work out concept for decommissioning nuclear reactors with Rosatom

    May 18, 2023 - Interfax Russia & CIS Energy Newswire


      MINSK. May 18 (Interfax) - The Belarusian Plant (BelNPP) and JSC TVEL, the fuel division of Russia's Rosatom, have signed a contract on scientific and technical support for the preparation and of the plant's generating units, the Belarusian Ministry reported.

      "The document calls for the provision of consulting services, as well as the development of a concept for two BelNPP generating units. Possible options for carrying out this work will be comprehensively analysed and lists of the equipment needed for this will be compiled," the ministry said.

      In line with best practices, the preparation of a concept to a plant's generating units begins at the stage when the plant starts operating given the large amount of organizational and technical measures, as well as government agencies and specialized organizations involved in this process.

      Belarus is completing the construction of the NPP based on the Russian VVER-1200 design near the city of Ostrovets, Grodno region. The plant will have two generating units with capacity of 1.2 GW each. The general contractor for the construction of the plant is Rosatom's ASE Group. The construction of the plant was financed with a Russian government loan of $10 billion.

      The first generating unit of the BelNPP has produced more than 12.5 billion kWh of since its start-up in November 2020. The sd unit was connected to the country's on May 15 and is scheduled to go into commercial operation in October.

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