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Second Belarusian reactor nears operation

Second Belarusian reactor nears operation

Ostrovets 2 is at the hot test stage of commissioning and should begin generating electricity next year, Belarusian energy minister Viktor Karankevich said on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference yesterday. "Nuclear and radiation safety is an unconditional priority for our country, and we strictly adhere to it, developing cooperation with our international partners on the principles of openness and transparency," Karankevich stressed in a speech at Belarus' exhibition stand.

New Nuclear 21 September 2021


Lithuania again blocks electricity from Ostrovets

Lithuania again blocks electricity from Ostrovets

Lithuania has capped the amount of electricity that can enter its grid from Belarus as part of measures to avoid importing power from the Ostrovets nuclear power plant. Grid operator LitGrid said the interconnection would be limited to 262 MW, with throughputs calculated every day.

Nuclear Policies 16 September 2021


Ensreg returns to Ostrovets

Ensreg returns to Ostrovets

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group has started its second review at Belarus' Ostrovets nuclear power plant. Experts from eight European countries will spend three days verifying that recommended safety improvements have been carried out.

Regulation & Safety 31 August 2021


IAEA completes security advisory mission in Belarus

IAEA completes security advisory mission in Belarus

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts last week completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Regulation & Safety 12 July 2021


Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus was put into commercial operation today, Russia's Rosatom has announced. The milestone took place following the transfer of the 'acceptance certificate', signed by the general designer and general contractor of the project - Rosatom subsidiary AtomStroyExport - to the customer, Belarusian NPP. ASE. is responsible for the "operability" of the power unit equipment during the unit's warranty period, Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 10 June 2021


Ostrovets unit 1 receives operating licence

Ostrovets unit 1 receives operating licence

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus was yesterday issued with an operating licence, the country's Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced. The licence was granted after a safety evaluation conducted by joint energy and nuclear research institute Sosny, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and a public hearing held in April by nuclear regulator Gosatomnadzor.

Regulation & Safety 03 June 2021


Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

The loading of 'dummy' fuel assemblies began yesterday at unit 2 of the new nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Belarus. "This process is a prerequisite and, in a way, a dress rehearsal for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor," Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 08 March 2021


Ensreg approves Ostrovets peer review report

Ensreg approves Ostrovets peer review report

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group has approved the preliminary report on a peer review of the new Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Adopted by consensus on 3 March, the report follows a mission by Ensreg technical experts to the plant site on 9 and 10 February.

Regulation & Safety 05 March 2021


Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has approved a draft resolution on the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus. Committee members voted 66 in favour and two against the resolution, with seven abstentions. The document, which was initiated by Lithuania, will be discussed at the plenary session of the European Parliament next week.

Regulation & Safety 02 February 2021


Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus reached 100% of its capacity on 12 January, Russia's Rosatom said yesterday. The reactor, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is of the AES-2006 design, which is the latest version of the VVER-1200 and the first of its kind built outside Russia.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021