Belarus Releases INIR Mission Report

Members of the IAEA team and its counterparts from Belarus conclude the INIR mission on 29 June 2012. (Photo: D. Kovacic/IAEA)

2013-03-18 | Belarus has agreed to make the full results of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) report available on the IAEA Website.

The INIR Mission to Belarus was held from 18 to 29 June 2012. It reviewed the 19 issues of Phase 1 and Phase 2 identified in the IAEA publication Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power. The mission team consisted of 12 IAEA staff and international experts who conducted interviews and observations over a two week period.

The INIR mission team had concluded that Belarus is on its way to being well-prepared with its infrastructure to support the construction of a nuclear power plant and made a number of recommendations and specific suggestions to assist the national authorities in planning their future activities.

The report indicated that some actions should be taken in the areas of national legislation and regulatory framework, strengthening of the regulatory body, nuclear security and management systems. The report also recognized that Belarus has strong expertise in the areas of radiation protection and environmental monitoring, and good coordination among the national organizations involved in the development of its nuclear power programme.

“Since the time of the INIR mission, Belarus has already implemented some of the recommendations in our report”,  said Jong Kyun Park, Director of the IAEA Division for Nuclear Power and INIR mission team leader. “This is an indication of the significance Belarus attaches to the INIR mission results. It also shows the dedication of national experts to the programme.

Belarus began considering nuclear power in the 1980s and recently renewed its efforts. The Concept of Energy Security of the Republic of Belarus, promulgated in September 2007, called for the commissioning of two nuclear power plant units by 2020. The Directorate for Nuclear Power Plant Construction within the Ministry of Energy signed a general contract for nuclear power plant construction with Atomstroyexport on 19 July 2012 for two 1,170 megawatt-electric (MWe) units as well as fuel supply, take-back of spent fuel, training and other services.

Site preparatory work has already begun and the construction licence is expected to be issued in 2013. The first unit is planned to be commissioned in 2018 and the second in 2020.

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