Commissioning starts at first Belarus unit

09/04/2019 08:51 Nuclear


Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus has started the commissioning phase, AtomStroyExport (ASE), the engineering subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has announced.

The plant, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is being built using the Russian VVER-1200 reactors to give 2340 MWe net capacity online. The first unit is scheduled for commissioning this year, with the second unit to be brought online in 2020.


ASE, general contractor for the project, said on 5 April the first stage of commissioning had started and that this comprised testing of equipment of the first and second circuits of the reactor facility, which will include hydraulic tests and circulation flushing.


The programme for commissioning water-cooled power reactors consists of four stages, ASE said. These are: pre-commissioning; physical start-up; energy start-up; and experimental-industrial operation.


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