MOSCOW, 2 October (BelTA) – The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) gave rise to new technology in transport, construction and other sectors, Belarus' Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich said as he spoke at the international forum Russian Energy Week in Moscow on 2 October, BelTA has learned.
According to Viktor Karankevich, along with the BelNPP construction a large-scale project on reconstruction of existing and construction of new high-voltage power lines was implemented in the country. “This ensures the supply of electricity to any region of Belarus from the nuclear power plant,” he stressed. “This has given a certain impetus to the development of new industries, including energy-intensive ones. Conditions have been created to expand the scope and application of electric energy in the country. Take, for example, the development of electric transport. Modern electric buses of Belarusian manufacture are widely used in Minsk instead of traditional buses that operate on hydrocarbon fuel. Railway sections are electrified. Charging infrastructure for road transport is actively developed. New residential houses are built with the use of electric heating equipment that replaces traditional heat supply from boiler-houses and CHP plants operating on hydrocarbon fuel. In general, this will improve the quality and standard of living in the country and will have a positive impact on the environment of the entire region.”
The minister also spoke about the development of Ostrovets District which became a site for the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. In his words, the share of small and medium-sized business has increased twice in Ostrovets District since the start of the BelNPP construction. “The Belarusian NPP forms almost half of the Ostrovets District budget,” said Viktor Karankevich. “Since the beginning of the BelNPP construction, the focus has been made on housing construction. About 190,000 square meters of housing has been built so far. Special attention has been paid to social infrastructure, kindergartens, schools, and shops. A multi-purpose sport center has been built to significantly improve the quality of life in the region. Today Ostrovets is a modern city of power engineers with well-developed transport and housing infrastructure.”