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Rosatom ready to involve Belarusian citizens in building nuclear plants in third countries

January 20, 2014, 19:55 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, January 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Rosatom State Corporation head Sergei Kiriyenko said the company was ready to involve Belarusian citizens in building nuclear power plants in third countries.

“Really, we’re ready to involve professional Belarusian organisations in building nuclear facilities in third countries,” Kiriyenko said at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday.

“Belarus’ qualification, discipline and the attitude towards the work allow us to cooperate with them,” the Rosatom head said.

He praised the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Belarus. “I believe that the situation on the site is good,” Kiriyenko said.

At present, Russia has 22 plant units. The reserve price of a unit is of at least five billion dollars. In the future the price may be higher. The existing contracts “on the construction of 22 plant units reach over 110 billion dollars”, the Rosatom head said, adding “Last week we signed a contract with Hungary to build two plant units while Russia won a tender at the end of December to build a new unit in Finland.”

He said a project, which was being carried out in Belarus, was modern and reliable. If such unit was built at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan was able to avoid such consequences, Kiriyenko said.

For his part, Lukashenko said a site for the Belarusian nuclear power plant responded to all security requirements.

At present, the project has entered a practical stage. The nuclear plant, which is being built in the Grodno region, is erected by Belarusian and Russian organisations. Russia’s Atomstroyexport is EPCM. The first unit is planning to be put into operation in November 2018 and the second unit will be launched in July 2020.

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