On November 01, 2023, power unit No. 2 of the Belarus NPP (its general designer and general contractor being the Rosatom State Corporation Engineering Division) has been put into commercial operation. The acceptance committee signed the acceptance certificate for the unit's completed start-up complex.
Pursuant to the contractual obligations, from now on, the Rosatom State Corporation undertakes to ensure operability of the power unit equipment during the warranty obligations period.
On May 13, 2023, the unit was first synchronized with the grid and supplied the first kilowatt-hours of electrical energy to the grid of the Republic of Belarus, and on June 19, it attained the designed capacity. To date, the unit has generated more than 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. Two power units of the Belarus NPP (its total capacity being 2400 MW) will be able to provide about 40% of the electricity needs of the Republic of Belarus, which will make the country one of the world leaders in terms of its nuclear power generation share in the overall energy mix.
“The up-to-date and safest VVER-1200 power unit 2 of the Belarus NPP has been put into commercial operation. The Belarus NPP has become the first sign of the development of our generation III+ technologies abroad. Both power units of the Belarus NPP supply kilowatts of energy to the national grid and have already proven their reliability. The successful and timely implementation of the nuclear power plant construction project became possible owing to the joint, well-coordinated work of Russian and Belarus specialists. I am confident that our nuclear power plant in Belarus will set an example for many potential foreign Rosatom partners. Today, the construction of VVER-1200 power units is already underway in Bangladesh, Hungary, Egypt, Turkey and China,” said Vitaly Polyanin, ASE JSC Vice President - Project Director for Construction of the Belarus NPP.
According to the results of a poll held in April-May 2023 by the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, the majority of Belarusians support the NPP project construction project, namely 72.8% of all respondents expressed a positive attitude towards the nuclear power plant construction and 57.8% are sure that the situation in the national fuel and energy sector is improving. Russia is actively developing cooperation with friendly countries. The implementation of joint major energy projects is underway. Rosatom and its divisions are taking an active part in this work.
The Belarus NPP equipped with two reactors with the total capacity of 2,400 MW is located in Ostrovets (the Republic of Belarus). The nucleus of NPP power units are top-of-the line Rosatom VVER-1200 reactors, which have already proved their efficiency and reliability in operation of the reference power units in Russia. The VVER-1200-based power units belong to 3+ generation and comply with all the post-Fukushima safety requirements, i.e. they combine active and passive protection systems providing an NPP with maximum resistance to external and internal impacts. Currently, six power units are being operated on the basis of such reactors, including four power units in Russia and two in the Republic of Belarus. Active construction of NPPs under the Russian technology is also underway in Bangladesh, Hungary, Egypt, Turkey and China.