The Energy Ministry reported that the Belarusian NPP's first power unit is included in the unified energy system of Belarus, Interfax reports.
“At 12:03 p.m., the turbine generator of the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP was included in the unified energy system of the country,” the department notes.
Belarus is building a nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets in Grodno region, according to the Russian VVER-1200 design. It will consist of two 1200 MW power units each. The general contractor for the construction of the nuclear power plant is the ASE group.
The physical launch of the first power unit of the BelNPP took place on August 20, the commissioning of the second unit is expected in 2022.
On Tuesday, the Lithuanian electricity transmission company Litgrid set zero capacity for the commercial flow of electricity from Belarus in pursuance of the law on boycotting electricity from nuclear power plants.
“After the data showing the generation of electricity at the BelNPP was recorded in the control center of the Litgrid system today at 11:06 a.m., Litgrid from 11:38 a.m. established a throughput of zero megawatts for the commercial flow of electricity from Belarus,” the message says.
Earlier, Litgrid reported that it would establish zero capacity for importing electricity from Belarus from the moment the BelNPP started producing electricity as part of the implementation of the Law on the necessary measures to protect against threats from unsafe nuclear power plants in third countries.