Contract for primary preparations to build Belarusian nuclear station signed

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MINSK. April 1. KAZINFORM The contract to perform primary work in the preparatory period of the project to build the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been signed, representatives of the Nuclear Station Construction Directorate told BelTA.

The document was signed by the customer, which is the Nuclear Station Construction Directorate, and the primary contractor, which is the Russian company ZAO Atomstroyexport.

Production and delivery of prolonged manufacturing cycle equipment for the nuclear station is being discussed on both sides, said the source.

In February 2012 a contract for survey work, development of design documents and primary engineering documentation for the project was signed. There are plans to sign the general contract to build the nuclear power plant in June 2012.

Belarus' first nuclear power plant will be located near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The NPP will be built to the Russian design AES-2006. It was developed by the Saint Petersburg-based research and design institute Atomenergoproject (part of the Russian state-run corporation Rosatom). Preparatory works are currently underway. Construction of road and rail lines, manufacturing facilities is in progress. The Belarusian NPP will consist of two power blocks with the combined capacity of up to 2,400MW.

The project will be financed primarily with a state export loan from Russia. The spending of the loan may begin as early as May 2012. The Russian government has lent up to $10 billion to Belarus for 25 years to finance 90% of the cost of every contract signed by Russian Atomstroyexport and the Belarusian agency Nuclear Station Construction Directorate. This is why the loan resources will be tapped into as a contract is signed.

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