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Nuclear power plant to satisfy 30% of Belarus' demand for electricity

Society 20.04.2017 | 19:28
Mikhail Mikhadyuk at the construction site
Mikhail Mikhadyuk at the construction site

OSTROVETS, 20 April (BelTA) – The Ostrovets nuclear power plant will be able to satisfy 30% of Belarus' demand for electricity, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk on 20 April.

Once the two reactors go online, the Belarusian nuclear power plant will satisfy slightly more than 30% of the country's demand for electricity, said Mikhail Mikhadyuk.

Speaking about the possibility of exporting the electricity the nuclear power plant will generate, the official noted that Belarus is ready to sell and does sell electricity now. The Belarusian nuclear power plant is intended primarily to satisfy domestic needs and bolster the competitive ability of the national economy. “If we are competitive, we will have buyers. It is important to be competitive on the electricity market, because price is what consumers look at first. We now sell electricity, including to Lithuania,” he added.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project to build a new-generation nuclear power plant with two VVER-1200 type reactors (1,200MW each) 18km away from Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020.

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