Everything is ready for pouring the first lot of concrete into the foundation of the nuclear island at the Ostrovets site where the first powergenerating unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is supposed to be commissioned in as little as five years. While government officials, experts, and lawyers are busy wrapping up the last details required for the official launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, which is one of the most important allied investment and energy projects of Belarus and Russia, new units of the infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing base are commissioned in Ostrovets one after another. Despite the colossal amount of work and impressive work pace the construction companies keep up with the toughest quality requirements and observe the most rigorous technological discipline. The fact has been confirmed by multiple inspections carried out by Belarusian, Russian, and foreign nuclear industry specialists.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant will be built to the Russian design AES-2006, which features generation III+ water-cooled power reactors. Russian nuclear stations built around water-cooled power reactors are fully compliant with IAEA standards and have proven their reliability by more than 1,500 reactor years of faultless operation.
Choosing partners for building the nuclear power plant, Belarus looked into various options and chose the best one – the Russian one. Foreign specialists admit that Russia is unparalleled in nuclear power engineering. It is Russian nuclear power station designs that have been recognized as the world’s most successful designs as far as safety, construction and operation costs are concerned.
It is also important that the Russian Federation offers comprehensive solutions to nations embarking upon the development of nuclear power engineering. In addition to building nuclear power plants Russia helps create the necessary legislation and draft national supervision bodies, helps train personnel, and operate the station. Russia supplies nuclear fuel, helps process waste and decommission stations. According to Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the state corporation Rosatom, Russia was the first country to come up with a completely integrated process flow.
Apart from that, the Russian side provides Belarus with about $10 billion in loans for building the nuclear power plant. The state corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank, Russia) and Bank BelVEB (Belarus) are the banks in charge of servicing the state loan.
The fact that the two allied nations, which are not divided by borders and language barriers, two Slavonic nations with common political, defense, economic, scientific, and social goals and interests, will build the serious strategic installation is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a major plus.
For any country the construction of a nuclear power plant goes beyond environmental considerations, the desire to cheapen electricity, and the intention to weaken the noose of unstable energy prices. It goes to include the transition to a brand new level of development of the economy, the production sector, science, information technologies, healthcare, and education. It is remarkable that even countries with excessive reserves of hydrocarbon raw materials have extensive programs for the development of nuclear energy.
Therefore, statements that the Belarusian nuclear power plant will determine the country’s future for