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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Final decision about location of Belarus' nuclear power plant to be made in late December, official pledges

A final decision on the location of Belarus' first nuclear power plant will be made in late December, Liliya Dulinets, a departmental chief at the energy ministry, told reporters in Minsk on Thursday.

The government is considering three possible locations for the plant: near the village of Kukshynava between Horki and Shklow, Mahilyow region; in the Astravets district, Hrodna region; and near the village of Chyrvonaya Palyana near Bykhaw, Mahilyow region.

The decision will be taken at a meeting that a special government commission headed by the energy minister will hold on December 22 and 23, according to the official.

"The deadline for the selection of the location was set for the end of 2008," Ms. Dulinets said. "The deadline is not being postponed."

An expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Belarus next week to give recommendations for the location of the nuclear power plant and assess preparations made in the country for the construction project.

The authorities earlier pledged that they would announce the location this past September.

Belarus plans to start the construction of the nuclear power plant in 2009. The 2,000-MW plant is projected to supply some 15 percent of the country’s electricity needs. One of the two 1000-MW reactors is to be put into operation in 2016 and the other in 2018.

(Source: Naviny.by)

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