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Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus was put into commercial operation today, Russia's Rosatom has announced. The milestone took place following the transfer of the 'acceptance certificate', signed by the general designer and general contractor of the project - Rosatom subsidiary AtomStroyExport - to the customer, Belarusian NPP. ASE. is responsible for the "operability" of the power unit equipment during the unit's warranty period, Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 10 June 2021


Ostrovets unit 1 receives operating licence

Ostrovets unit 1 receives operating licence

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus was yesterday issued with an operating licence, the country's Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced. The licence was granted after a safety evaluation conducted by joint energy and nuclear research institute Sosny, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and a public hearing held in April by nuclear regulator Gosatomnadzor.

Regulation & Safety 03 June 2021


Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

The loading of 'dummy' fuel assemblies began yesterday at unit 2 of the new nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Belarus. "This process is a prerequisite and, in a way, a dress rehearsal for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor," Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 08 March 2021


Ensreg approves Ostrovets peer review report

Ensreg approves Ostrovets peer review report

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group has approved the preliminary report on a peer review of the new Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Adopted by consensus on 3 March, the report follows a mission by Ensreg technical experts to the plant site on 9 and 10 February.

Regulation & Safety 05 March 2021


Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has approved a draft resolution on the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus. Committee members voted 66 in favour and two against the resolution, with seven abstentions. The document, which was initiated by Lithuania, will be discussed at the plenary session of the European Parliament next week.

Regulation & Safety 02 February 2021


Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus reached 100% of its capacity on 12 January, Russia's Rosatom said yesterday. The reactor, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is of the AES-2006 design, which is the latest version of the VVER-1200 and the first of its kind built outside Russia.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021


Belarus unit starts pilot operation

Belarus unit starts pilot operation

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus started pilot operation yesterday, Russia's Rosatom has announced. Pilot operation is the final and longest check of a power unit before commissioning. The unit is be the first of the VVER-1200 design to be built outside Russia.

New Nuclear 23 December 2020


Belarusian President celebrates start-up of new reactor

Belarusian President celebrates start-up of new reactor

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has inaugurated the country's first nuclear power reactor. Lukashenko visited the site in Ostrovets on 7 November, where he witnessed the increase in the generating capacity of unit 1 to 400 MW. The unit, which was connected to the grid five days ago, is the first of the VVER-1200 design to be built outside Russia.

New Nuclear 09 November 2020


Belarus grid-connects its first nuclear unit

Belarus grid-connects its first nuclear unit

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus has been connected to the grid and is supplying electricity, Rosatom announced today. The Russian state nuclear corporation describes the VVER-1200 design, of which the Ostrovets unit is the first to be built outside Russia, as "the backbone" of its export portfolio that comprises 36 units across 12 markets.

New Nuclear 03 November 2020


CIS nations to form nuclear regulatory association

CIS nations to form nuclear regulatory association

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) plans to establish an association of nuclear energy regulators and organisations that provide scientific and technical support. A draft memorandum on this was approved at the 21st meeting of the CIS commission on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which was held via video link yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the head of the commission, Belarus' Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk.

Regulation & Safety 28 October 2020