The government commission has signed an act of acceptance into commercial operation of the first power unit of the BelNPP, Interfax reports.
“Currently, the unit is operating at the nominal power level of the reactor plant. Since its connection to the united energy system, almost 3 billion kWh of electricity have been generated,” the Ministry of Energy announced.
In May, the stage of experimental-industrial operation of the first power unit of the BelNPP, which began on December 22, 2020, was completed. The physical start-up of the first power unit of the station took place in August 2020.
Belarus is completing the construction of a nuclear power plant near the town of Ostrovets in the Grodno region based on 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 of the state corporation Rosatom.
The commissioning of the second power unit is expected in the first half of 2022.
After the complete commissioning of two power units, BelNPP will be able to produce about 18.5 billion kWh per year, which will provide about 40% of the country's electricity needs.
To recap, Lukashenko said that if necessary, a second nuclear power plant would be built in Belarus.