Belarus, Russia negotiate on new nuclear power plant project

Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk and Russian state corporation Rosatom International Activities deputy director general Nikolai Spassky held discussions on various issues of cooperation as part of the project to develop a nuclear power project in Belarus.

Belarus, with assistance of Russia, plans to construct a two unit nuclear power plant with total capacity of 2,400MW at the Ostrovets site in Grodno Oblast.

The plant will be designed and constructed by Russia-based OAO Nizhny Novgorod Engineering Company Atomenergoproject (NIAEP) – ZAO Atomstroyexport.

The first unit is expected to be operational in 2018. The nuclear plant project will be based on AES-2006 design developed by Atomenergoproekt.

The design will meet all the requirements of Belarus legislation and recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency.