Over $2bn Spent on BELNPP Con­struc­tion So Far

Economy of Belarus - - PANORAMA -

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.

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