Over $2bn Spent on BELNPP Construction So Far
Over $2 billion has been spent so far as part of the project to build the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BELNPP). Audits have revealed no serious misuse of the funds. The Belarusian Finance Ministry has managed to ensure that commitments are honored on time and in full using the loans granted to build the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus Leonid Anfimov spoke on the matter on 6 September.
According to him, the bulk of the money will be spent in 2017-2018 when equipment is to be installed. At present, over 5,000 people are working at the construction site, including 1,400 from Russia. The rest are employees of Belarusian contractors and subcontractors. As many as 30 subcontractors, including 22 Belarusian ones, have been employed to erect buildings and build structures of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Belarusian contractors handle about 80% of the construction and installation work to build the nuclear power plant and its infrastructure. Since the project was launched, over $207 million worth of equipment has been shipped. The bulk of the equipment will be delivered in 2016-2017.
In line with the instruction of the head of state, the State Control Committee permanently monitors the construction of the nuclear power plant. “In order to address emerging issues, we carry out pro-active control and analysis measures. The head of state has set the goal of building the most modern, most reliable, and safest nuclear power plant out of all similar installations in use all over the world. This is why close attention is paid to control over the technical standards employed in the course of the work,” Leonid Anfimov said.
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is built in compliance with the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the construction of the nuclear power plant on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The agreement was signed on 15 March 2011. On 25 November 2011, the governments of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement on granting a state export loan to the Belarusian government for the construction of the nuclear power plant.
The State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of Russia held a joint session via a video link on 6 September. Results of the audit indicate that the set of commitments adopted in accordance with the nuclear power plant construction agreement by the general contractor (Atomstroyexport, Russia) and the customer (the state enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, Belarus) is being executed for the most part and that constructive interaction has been established between authorized agencies.