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Belarus’ nuclear plant to live up to IAEA’s security standards — minister

October 14, 2016, 14:57 UTC+3 MINSK

The first energy unit is planned to be put into service in late 2018

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MINSK, October 14. /TASS/. Belarus’ nuclear power plant will measure up to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standards and the international security standards, Belarusian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Vashchenko said summing up the work of the IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission in Belarus.

"The mission’s conclusions show that a reliable regulatory body in the nuclear and radiation security sphere has been established in the country. In the future, we will continue to cooperate so that our nuclear power plant is in line with the IAEA’s standards and international security standards," the minister elaborated.

According to Vashchenko, Belarus had assessed the national nuclear security sphere before the mission’s visit, "our conclusions coincide with those of the mission in many respects," he said. "This proves that Belarus and the IAEA share the same approach towards security protection," Vashchenko said noting that "the mission’s assessments are important not only for our Republic but also for neighboring countries, Lithuania, in particular."

The minister stated that after concluding its work, the IAEA mission had presented 25 proposals and recommendations to the Belarusian authorities. "The recommendations will be scrupulously implemented," the Belarusian Emergencies Minister said.

The IRRS mission was operating in Belarus from October 2-14.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built with Russia’s assistance in Ostrovets, in the Grodno region. The power plant will consist of two energy units with total output capacity of up to 2,400MW. Moscow and Minsk sealed an agreement on providing a $10 billion credit line for the construction of the power plant that is supposed to cover 90% expenditures, with the overall cost exceeding $11 billion.

The first energy unit is planned to be put into service in late 2018, the second in July 2020.

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