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Ostrovets to host NPP time capsule ceremony 3 August

MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – A ceremony of burying a capsule with a message to descendants in the foundation of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is scheduled for 3 August 2012, learnt from Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk.

“The ceremony of burying the capsule into the foundation of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is scheduled for this Friday,” said Mikhail Mikhadyuk. According to him, the capsule will contain a message to posterity. Before the ceremony, the participants will get acquainted with the progress in the construction of the nuclear power plant.

When asked about the progress in the project implementation, the Deputy Minister said: "The work is on schedule. Preparation of the architectural project for the construction of the nuclear power station is in progress.”

Attending the ceremony will be representatives of the Belarusian Government, NPP Construction Directorate, Ostrovets local authorities, and the merged company NIAEP-Atomstroyexport (ASE), the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

Belarus and Russia signed a general contract on the Belarusian NPP construction on 18 July 2012. According to the document, the first NPP unit will come on stream in November 2018 and the second unit in July 2020. The cost of the Belarusian NPP construction should not exceed that of the Baltic nuclear power plant. Russia is ready to give Belarus a $10 billion soft state loan for 25 years. The new NPP will allow Belarus to substitute annually about 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, reduce the prime cost of electricity, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and considerably enhance the energy security level.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant will be located at the Ostrovets site in Grodno Oblast. It will use two power-generating units with the total capacity of up to 2,400MW. The design AES-2006 has been chosen for the Belarusian project. The design is in full compliance with the IAEA international norms and recommendations.