Russia and Belarus will have nuclear power plants close to Lithuania

Friday, September 26, 2008

Russia and Belarus will both have nuclear power plants close to Lithuania by the time Ignalina nuclear power plant has a replacement, The Baltic Times quotes the president of the Lithuanian Industrialists’ Confederation and the majority owner of Achema Group, Bronislavas Lubys.

Lubys said that he is certain that before Lithuania builds its planned new nuclear power plant, Russia and Belarus will construct two new atomic power stations in the region.

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170 billion rubels to go toward nuclear power plant

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Some 170 billion rubels to go toward 2009 preparations for nuclear power plant construction, deputy minister says.

Around 170 billion rubels in public funds is projected to be spent on 2009 preparations for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, Deputy Finance Minister Uladzimir Amaryn said at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Under the ministry's 2009 budget estimates, some 700 billion rubels is to be earmarked for support of the real economic sector, 1.5 times more than this year, with 262 billion rubels to account for direct subsidies.
Some 2,000 billion rubels in loans and subsidies from the state budget is to go toward housing construction projected at six million square meters. In addition, 314 billion rubels from the state and local budgets is projected to be spent on the laying of supply pipelines at new developments.

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Belarus, Russia Emergencies Ministries to mull over joint exercises at Smolensk Nuclear Power Station

Saturday, September 6, 2008

On September 5, the Emergencies Ministries of Belarus and Russia will consider an opportunity to conduct joint exercises at the Smolensk Nuclear Power Station, BelTA learnt from Press Secretary of the Emergencies Ministry of Belarus Vitaly Novitsky.

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Belarus offers Lithuania power from future nuclear plant: PM

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

(DRUSKININKAI) - Belarus plans to build a new nuclear power plant by 2015 that could possibly export energy to neighbour Lithuanuia, Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky said Tuesday in Lithuania.

"We are going to build the first block by 2015. We spoke with Lithuanian energy specialists about the possibility of supplying part of the electricity produced in this power plant to Lithuania," said Sidorsky after talks with Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas in Lithuania's resort town of Druskininkai, near the Belarus border.

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Belarus may launch construction of nuclear power plant in January 2009

Friday, August 29, 2008

Belarus may launch the construction of a nuclear power plant in January 2009, First Vice-Premier Vladimir Semashko told a joint session of the Energy Ministry of Belarus.

“The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant may be launched on January 1, 2009 or may be earlier,” he said. The cost of the construction may reach $5-6 billion. In 2009, the Government intends to allocate Br200 billion from the national budget to finance the construction works.

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The time bomb

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Since the end of the cold war, the United Nations has logged more than 800 incidents in which radioactive material has gone missing, often from poorly guarded sites. Who is taking it - and should we be worried? Julian Borger investigates.

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Foreigners to hold key positions at first unit of Belarus' nuclear power plant

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Foreigners will be given key positions at the first of the two units of Belarus' future nuclear power plant, Uladzimir Petrushkevich, an engineer at the project management office, told reporters in Minsk on Tuesday.

Training personnel for a nuclear power plant is rather time-consuming and is impossible without trainees getting some hands-on experience, Mr. Petrushkevich said. Therefore it will be safer to employ foreigners with the necessary expertise to run the first unit of the plant, which is to be put into operation as early as 2016, Mr. Petrushkevich said.

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Belarus Postpones Talks With French Company Over Nuclear Project

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Negotiations with the French-German company Areva regarding possible construction of a nuclear power plant by the company in Belarus have been postponed, the Belapan news agency reported on 8 August, quoting Mikalay Hrusha, deputy director-general of the Belarusian Science Academy's Sosny nuclear and power engineering centre.

Hrusha said that the visit by the Energy Ministry delegation was postponed because Areva's CEO Ann Lauvergeon would be on vacation at the time.

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Russia's Rosatom to bid to build nuclear reactor in Belarus

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MINSK, July 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russian state nuclear power corporation Rosatom has agreed to take part in a tender for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, the ex-Soviet republic's energy ministry said Tuesday.

Belarus plans to build a nuclear power plant with a capacity of 2,000 MW, with the first unit to come online in 2016 and the second in 2018. The plant is expected to have Generation III water-moderated reactors.

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No site selected for construction of nuclear power plant so far

Thursday, July 24, 2008

No site for the construction of Belarus’ first-ever nuclear power plant has been selected so far as government experts continue exploring a few options.

Three areas are being studied, located close to the village of Chyrvonaya Palyana near Bykhaw, Mahilyow region; the village of Kukshynava between Horki and Shklow, Mahilyow region; and in the Astravets district, Hrodna region.

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