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In pictures: Foundation pit for nuclear power plant starts being dug in Astravets district

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(BelaPAN Photo/Vasil Syamashka)
A pit for the foundation of a nuclear power plant has started being excavated near the small village of Shulniki in the Astravets district, Hrodna region, some 10 miles from the Lithuanian border.
According to official reports, 17 excavators, mostly those manufactured by South Korea’s Doosan Group, and 90 dump trucks are involved in the excavation work.
A contract signed with Russia’s AtomStroyExport (ASE) in October 2011 provides for the construction of a 2400 MW two-unit plant using VVER-1200/491 (AES-2006) pressurized water reactors on a turnkey basis. The first unit of the plant is scheduled to be put into operation in 2017 and the other one in 2018 or 2019.
According to the Strategy for the Development of the Energy Potential of the Republic of Belarus for the period until the end of 2020, a total of $9,334 million is to be spent between 2011 and 2020 on the construction of the nuclear power plant. The Strategy says that $3 billion will be spent on the project between 2011 and 2015 and $6,334 million between 2016 and 2020.




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