New Nuclear Power Plant Belarus is Already Facing Technical Problems

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The first nuclear power plant in Belarus, commissioned last week, is already facing technical problems.


A transformer went out on Sunday, halting power generation at the nuclear plant, Russian state news agency Sputnik said Tuesday, referring to Belarusian state sources.

Belarusian state news agency Belta reported on Monday that tests “showed that electrotechnical measuring equipment should be replaced”.

The factory, built in collaboration with the Russian state-owned company Rosatom, is located about 50 kilometres from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius. Lithuania has objected to the facility as a potential threat to the environment and safety.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said last week when the plant was connected to Belarus’ national power grid, that the facility had “unresolved security issues”.

Rosatom stated that the nuclear power plant, located near the town of Astravets in the western Grodno region of Belarus, meets all the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety standards.

Rosatom announced on Tuesday that it is in talks with the Belarusian authorities to possibly build another nuclear power plant in that country.

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