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Agency has called for improvements to legal and regulatory framework The Belarus nuclear power station has two plants approaching commercial operation. Courtesy Rosatom. The government of Belarus has approved plans to implement recommendations and proposals from an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Belarusian nuclear power station last year.

The IAEA’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission took place over 12 days in February and March 2020.

It concluded that Belarus was close to completing the required nuclear power infrastructure for beginning operation of its first nuclear power plant, but needed to improve the legal and regulatory framework to ensure a stable and predictable environment for the programme.

The mission said Belarus needed to improve “institutional arrangements” and finalise remaining arrangements needed for the sustainable operation of the facility.

It also identified good practices including the use of independent peer reviews, cooperation with regulators from other countries, engagement with international stakeholders and emergency preparedness.

Date: Saturday, 06 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-approves-implementation-of-iaea-review-recommendations-2-5-2021

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.

Date: Wednesday, 03 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Lithuania-calls-for-debate-on-safety-of-Ostrovets

Move comes in relation to Belarusian facility, which is nearing completion The Belarusian nuclear station, where two units are nearing completion. Courtesy Rosatom. The European Council has asked the European Commission to investigate possible measures preventing commercial electricity imports from third countries’ nuclear facilities that do not fulfil EU recognised safety levels.

The move comes in relation to the new Belarusian nuclear power station near Ostrovets, where two Russia-supplied plants are nearing completion. Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is the general contractor for both plants and the cost of the two units, largely funded by a loan from Moscow, has been reported as $11bn (€9.3bn).

The decision was announced on Friday following a meeting of the Council in Brussels that also discussed issues including climate change, Covid-19 and security issues.

In a document outlining the meeting’s conclusions, the Council said it “underlines the importance of ensuring nuclear safety of the Belarusian nuclear power station Ostrovets”.

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/council-calls-for-possible-measures-on-electricity-imports-from-nuclear-plants-12-5-2020

Unit 1 of the Belarus nuclear power plant resumed operations on 19 November plant, and was reconnected to the grid after replacing some voltage transformers and testing thermal power equipment and undertaking tests of the relevant equipment, according to the Energy Ministry.   

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-1-restarts-after-transformer-breakdown-8374215

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.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belarusian-President-celebrates-start-up-of-new-re

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.

Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belarus-grid-connects-its-first-nuclear-unit

The Belarus Deputy Energy Minister, Mikhail Mikhadyuk, said on 3 September that Belarus will have foreign markets for electricity produced by its nuclear power plant under construction in Ostravets, even after the Baltic states announced plans to boycott the energy if the power plant becomes operational, according to Belarusian state news agency BelTA reports.

Date: Tuesday, 08 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-confident-of-electricity-exports-despite-baltic-trade-ban-8121429

The Belarusian nuclear power station near the border with Lithuania. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will not buy electricity from Belarus after an agreement was reached about buying electricity from third countries, local press reports said.

Under the agreement, the trade in electricity with Belarus will stop when the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets in western Belarus begins operation and a system of certificates showing the origin of electricity will be introduced.

Electricity from Ostrovets, where two reactors are under construction, would otherwise reach Baltic markets through Latvia, which buys electricity through the Russian grid. Latvia agreed not to buy electricity from Ostrovets last week.

The new agreement is valid until the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity systems at the end of 2025.

Date: Saturday, 05 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/baltic-states-agree-not-to-buy-electricity-from-new-nuclear-station-9-5-2020

Fuel loading has begun at unit 1 of the Belarus NPP, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on 7 August. This followed the issuing of a permit by the Department of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the Belarus Ministry for Emergency Situations (Gosatomnadzor). A total of 163 assemblies will be loaded before the end of August, after which the reactor will reach the minimum controllable power level (1% of total capacity) and relevant tests will be performed. After reliability and safety of the unit at its design parameters are verified, the next stage of the power start-up will begin and the reactor will be connected to the grid, Rosatom said.

Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-loading-begins-at-belarus-npp-8073642