SOCHI, 16 April (BelTA) – TVEL Fuel Company has started transferring nuclear fuel intended for the Belarusian nuclear power plant to the general contractor, BelTA learned from TVEL Fuel Company Senior Vice President for Commerce and International Business Oleg Grigoryev during the Atomexpo forum in Sochi.
According to the source, fuel intended for the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been made and is ready for shipment. Some of it has already been transferred to Atomstroyexport to be shipped to the Belarusian nuclear power plant. More fuel will be transferred this year for shipment to Belarus. “You'd better ask Atomstroyexport when exactly nuclear fuel will be delivered to Belarus,” Oleg Grigoryev said.
In his words, TVEL Fuel Company has without question honored and continues honoring all the contract obligations.
Atomstroyexport, the contractor in charge of building the Belarusian nuclear power plant, is supposed to deliver fuel to launch the nuclear power plant's first unit and the second one. The same company is supposed to supply fuel for the nuclear power plant's operation in the warranty period. TVEL Fuel Company will start supplying nuclear fuel to Belarus after the warranty period is over.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast using a Russian design featuring two VVER-1200 reactors with the total output capacity of 2,400MW. The first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020. A batch of nuclear fuel has been made by Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (part of Rosatom's TVEL Fuel Company) as the initial load for the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.More about Economy