A permit to proceed to this stage was issued by the Board of the Ministry for Emergency situations of Belarus.
According to Vitaliy Polyanin, the Vice-President and Belarus NPP Construction Director of ASE EC:
- pilot operation is the final longest testing of the power unit prior to its commissioning;
- specialists are to gradually perform a wide range of equipment tests & inspections at the reactor plant power;
- ranging from 75% up to 100%, including dynamic tests with forced shutdown of various main equipment;
- its expected to be done in the 1st quarter of 2021.
On October 11 the reactor was then brought to the minimum controlled power level (less than 1% of the rated power).
On November 3 the power unit has been connected to the unified power grid of Belarus.
Belarus NPP having two VVER-1200 reactors with the total capacity of 2400 MW.
The Russian III+ generation design that is fully compliant with the international standards and the IAEA safety recommendations, has been selected for the 1st NPP in Belarus.
The Belarus NPP Unit 1 has become the 1st Gen III+ unit in operation built abroad based on the Russian technologies.
Currently, 3 power units of the similar type have been successfully operating in Russia.