Construction of Belarus Nuclear Plant to Begin This Year

16 February 2011 (Last Updated February 16th, 2011 18:30)

Work on the Belarus nuclear power plant (NPP) is slated to begin between August and September 2011, according to Belarus First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. The NPP will be built in the Ostrovetsky district of the Grodno region and will have a capacity of 2.4MW. The At

Work on the Belarus nuclear power plant (NPP) is slated to begin between August and September 2011, according to Belarus First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko.

The NPP will be built in the Ostrovetsky district of the Grodno region and will have a capacity of 2.4MW.

The Atomstroiexport Company of Russia will act as the general contractor for the project.

After considerable negotiations, Russia and Belarus have agreed that energy generated from the NPP will be sold in Belarus.

The first unit of the plant will be commissioned in 2016 and the second one in 2018.

Atomstroyexport first vice-president Alexander Dybov said the Russian Ministry will consider granting a $9bn loan for the project.