Russia to give RUB 6 bln loan to Belarus for NPP building

MINSK, March 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will give Belarus a loan of about 6 billion US dollars on the construction of the first Belarusian nuclear power station. The agreement could be concluded within a month, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a press conference.

“The loan amount for Belarus will be about 6 billion US dollars,” said Putin. “The agreement will be concluded within a month,” he added.

Russia and Belarus on Tuesday, March 15, signed an agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power in the republic. In the presence of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, head of the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko and Belarusian Energy Minister Alexander Ozerets signed an agreement on cooperation.

According to Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus will strengthen the Belarusian energy system and create a technological basis for a common electricity market of Russia and Belarus, to which Kazakhstan may accede in the future.

The first unit of the nuclear power plant is planned to be commissioned in 2017. The general contractor of the project is Russia’s Atomstroiexport company. The nuclear power plant will be built in Astravets (Grodno region).


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