Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the statement as he visited Belaruskali on 29 December, BelTA has learned.
Golovchenko pointed out that pilot commercial operation of the 1st unit is in progress now, with the reactor unit operating at roughly 75% of its output capacity and said:
- we already substitute a certain volume of natural gas and save such a sum for the country.
- Thanks to the connection of the 1st unit to the power grid and the conservation of a certain volume of natural gas the country saves about $750,000 per day.
The 1st nuclear power plant in Belarus, it is based on a Gen 3+ Russian design that fully complies with international standards and the safety recommendations of the IAEA.
Belarusian NPP Unit 1 became the 1st unit outside of Russia to be equipped with the newest Russian-designed Gen 3+ reactor technology.
Currently, 3 power units of this type are successfully operating in Russia:
- 2 at the Novovoronezh NPP;
- 1 at the Leningrad NPP.
Rosatom’s international order book currently comprises 36 committed VVER units across 12 markets.