Nuclear fuel assemblies were delivered by train to the Belarusian NPP site for unit 2 on 19 April. Plant specialists together with the general contractor ASE EC will be responsible for the acceptance of the fuel, as well as its inspection. Until the fuel loading begins, the assemblies will be stored in the fresh nuclear fuel storage facility.

Earlier in April, Belarus Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich said unit 2 was 80% complete and dummy fuel assemblies had been loaded for cold and hot testing of the reactor installation.

Belarus NPP will consist of two Russian supplied VVER-1200 power units. The plant was issued a permit for pilot industrial operation of unit 1 in December and it was connected to the grid earlier in March. It is expected that the unit 1 will be put into commercial operation in 2021 and unit 2 in 2022. The engineering division of Rosatom includes ASE EC JSC (Nizhny Novgorod), Atomstroyexport JSC (Nizhny Novgorod), Atomenergoproekt JSC (Moscow), Atomproekt JSC (St Petersburg) and others enterprises.

Image: Fuel has been delivered to unit 2 at the Belarus nuclear power plant (Photo credit: Rosatom)