The “novice nuclear country” Belarus chooses a new Russian design VVER-1200 for its debut


I forward this article from BelTa, Belarus News, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency, about the choice of a VVER-1200 or AES-2006 nuclear reactor design for its first nuclear power plant, a design which complies with the European standards and norms of security. The commissioning of the first reactor is scheduled for 2016 or 2017.

The Nuclear Power Plant of Astravets (Ostrovets) is situated near the border with Lithuania, 45 kilometres from Vilnius.

Belarusian NPP in Astravets (Ostrovets)
(source : Sosny, Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research)

Documentary on the new VVER-1200 design (in Russian)

Reportage on the project of Belarusian nuclear power plant

More on this story :
Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant Project, Sosny, Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research
Belarus making important progress on path to nuclear power, IAEA, 2012
Belarus starts constructing its first nuclear power plant, IAEA, 2013
INPRO Assessment of the Planned Nuclear Energy System of Belarus, IAEA, 2013
Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, 2014
How they do it, IAEA, 2014
Construction of Belarusian NPP on schedule, Belta News Agency, 2015
Country Nuclear Power Profiles, IAEA, 2015
Tight oversight over manufacturers of Belarusian nuclear power plant components, Belta News Agency, 2016

cover picture : Building of the government of Belarus in Minsk
source : By Cédric Lafont (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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