Belarus substation sees completion
Belarus’ largest substation was completed on Monday by a Chinese enterprise. After three years of construction by China’s State-owned enterprise North China Power Engineering Co Ltd, the 330-kV Pastvy substation, located in the northern state of Pastvy, can deliver 110 kV of power to the states of Grodno, Vitebsk and Minsk. Belarus’ first nuclear power plant will be completed by 2020, the power transmission of which the Pastvy substation will play an important role, Belarus’ Energy Minister Pottu Pucik said at a ceremony marking the completion of the substation. Energy cooperation between the two countries has been fruitful in recent years, with $2 billion in energy projects taking up a considerable proportion of China’s total investment in Belarus. website. The first quarter witnessed a 0.5-percent GDP increase in both zones compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, said Eurostat. On a year-on-year basis, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 2.1 percent in the eurozone and by 2.2 percent in the European Union in the second quarter, said the EU’s statistical office.