The commissioning, enabling the commencement of operation of the first unit of the Astravets nuclear power plant, is scheduled for April or May, the Belarusian authorities announced on Monday. The unit is currently disconnected from the grid.
– Planned pickup date is April or May. Then – after a positive opinion from the commission, the operation will begin – said the deputy director of Gosatomnadzor (department for nuclear and radiological safety in the ministry for emergency situations) Leanid Dziadul.
The collection is carried out by a special commission approved by the Belarusian Prime Minister. The launch of the reactor’s operation is to be preceded by an assessment of its readiness for operation, “control of the condition of facilities and systems, and personnel preparation”.
The Belarusian power plant has been disconnected from the grid since Saturday, this time, the authorities assure, on schedule. – For about a week, regular activities will be implemented. Then the station should inform Gosatomnadzor that it is ready to bring the reactor to the hot state and to generation, said Dziadul.
“Currently, the reactor is in a + cooled + state, ie that the production of energy has been stopped. This is necessary and provided for by the regulations. These actions should not cause concern in the society” – said the official.
On November 9-19, the operation of the power plant was suspended due to a failure of the additional electrotechnical system. It happened two days after the official opening of the facility by Alyaksandr Lukashenka (on the October Revolution holiday).
On December 2, information was announced about the need for additional adjustment of the operation of some systems.
In January, the first unit was also temporarily disconnected – after the plant’s security systems had been activated.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built in the Grodno oblast, approx. 20 km from the town of Ostrowiec, according to the Russian AES-2006 project. It consists of two power units, each of which has a reactor with a capacity of up to 1200 megawatts. The gym is being built by Rosatom and it is financed mostly from a loan granted to Minsk by Moscow. According to the plans, the power plant is to produce 18 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
The commissioning of the first reactor was delayed several times. The commissioning of the first unit is scheduled for the first quarter of this year. The second unit is to be put into operation in 2022.
The construction of the power plant is opposed by Lithuania, whose authorities consider the facility a threat to the country’s security.
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