Lukashenko adopts draft agreement on construction of Belarus NPP

MINSK, December 29 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has generally approved a draft of the Russian-Belarusian agreement on the construction of Belarus' first nuclear power plant, the presidential press service said on Tuesday.

The document can be laid as the basis of bilateral talks on the issue, the press service said.

"Belarusian Energy Minister Alexander Ozerets was appointed to hold talks on the draft agreement. If needed, he can make changes and amendments, which are not of principled importance. He can put his signature to the document, when an accord is reached in the format of the adopted draft," the press service said.

The nuclear power plant will be located in the Ostrovetsky district of the Grodno Region.

Under the project, the nuclear power plant with two 1,000-megawatt reactors will be built in Belarus. The construction process is scheduled to start in 2010. The first power unit will be commissioned in 2016, the second - in 2018. The plant's capacity is projected at 2,400 megawatts.

Russia's Atomstroiexport company will be the project's general contractor. Belarus had asked the Russian government to grant a 9-billion-dollar credit for the construction of the two power units of Belarus' first nuclear plant and for the creation and development of necessary infrastructure.


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