In Belarus, one of the units of the new nuclear power plant had to be shut down

“During the pilot operation, the protection system of Unit 1 is switched on, the systems and equipment are inspected. The background radiation around the power plant is normal,” the ministry said.

The facility near Astravjec in the north of the country was inaugurated last November by President Alexander Lukashenko, then had to be shut down soon after, and finally restarted almost two weeks later. According to the ministry, the power plant is operating at 40 percent of its rated capacity.

Belarus has chosen the Russian 3+ generation block type for its first nuclear power plant, built by the Russian company Roszatom. Its two VVER-1200 units have a total capacity of 2,400 megawatts. Russia has lent € 10 billion for the investment.

Neighboring Lithuania, whose capital the power plant is only about 50 kilometers away, vehemently opposed the construction of the nuclear power plant. The Baltic state does not consider the Belarusian power plant safe at all.

President Lukashenko said earlier that they were considering building a second nuclear power plant and suggested that the excess energy be used for bitcoin mining.

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