The minister spoke about the main areas of improving the country's energy security, the measures taken to diversify the fuel and energy mix.
Construction of the NPP is a key project for Belarus.
Belarus became the 1st foreign site where the Rosatom state corporation built a NPP with 3rd-generation pressurized water reactors of increased safety.
The 1st unit was put into commercial operation in 2021, the 2nd unit is to go online this year.
From the moment the 1st unit of the Belarusian NPP was connected to the grid (3 November 2020) until the scheduled maintenance (25 April 2022), the NPP generated 9.3 billion kWh of electricity, which made it possible to replace about 2.3 billion m3 of natural gas.
With the commissioning of the 2nd unit, the Belarusian NPP will increase the electricity production to 18.5 billion kWh per year.
The plant will annually replace about 4.5 billion m3 of natural gas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million tonnes per year.
The minister said:
- With the launch of the Belarusian NPP, the share of natural gas in Belarus' energy mix will decrease to 60%
Their installed capacity has increased 5 times over the past 6 years: from 120 to 600 MW, electricity generation - from 270 to 1,260 million kWh.