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Belarus ready to host IAEA's SEED mission in January

Economy 29.12.2016 | 15:02

MINSK, 29 December (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to host a Site and External Events Design (SEED) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in January 2017, Belarusian Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik told BelTA.

“Following recommendations from the Espoo Convention Implementation Committee, Belarus will host an IAEA's SEED mission that will evaluate the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in January 2017,” the minister said.

In 2017, the IAEA will also send a number of other missions to Belarus at the country's request, including an Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) mission and an IAEA Safeguards Advisory Service (ISSAS) mission. Besides, Belarus will prepare for hosting a Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) mission and an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission.

The IAEA will carry out a number of expert missions to Belarus as part of its technical cooperation project aimed at the development of human resources and infrastructure for the commissioning of the first nuclear power plant. The experts will give financial risk management recommendations, review the country's strategy for the management of radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel, and give advice on some other matters.

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