VVER-1200 unit scheduled to go commercial in October

There are two Russia-supplied reactor units at the Ostrovets site in western Belarus, near the Lithuanian border.

The Belarusian-2 nuclear power plant began trial operation on 31 May, a stage which will see reactor output increased to its maximum level, the operator said in a statement.

The Belarusian nuclear power station said power levels will be increased from the current 50% of full capacity to 100% and will be coupled with a wide range of technical, equipment, and operating testing, including a brief disconnect from the national power grid.

The official Belta news agency quoted a ministry of energy official as saying that the Belarusian-2 reactor output level was in the process of being raised to 75%, with a total of more than 200 tests scheduled.

On 13 May 2023, Belarusian-2 was connected to the national grid and started generating electricity for the first time. The unit turbines were tuned on when the reactor system reached 40% of its full power output.

Earlier reports said twin Belarusian-2 is earmarked for commercial operation in October 2023.

There are two Russia-supplied Generation III VVER-1200 reactor units at the Ostrovets site in western Belarus, near the Lithuanian border.

Belarusian-1 became the country’s first nuclear power plant to begin commercial operation in June 2021 after being connected to the grid in November 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 07 June 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/official-trial-operation-begins-for-russia-supplied-belarusian-2-nuclear-plant-6-2-2023