Chain reaction successfully launched at the first power unit of BelNPP
A controlled fission chain reaction has begun in the reactor of the first power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BELTA learned from the press service of the Energy Ministry.
“In accordance with the construction schedule of the BelNPP, a chain reaction has been successfully launched at the first power unit, the reactor plant has been brought to the minimum controlled power level,” the press service informed. Thus, the beginning of the life cycle of the reactor was laid.
In the near future, a complex of studies will be carried out at the first power unit, which will confirm the reliability of the entire system of nuclear-physical control and nuclear safety of the reactor installation. The next stage will be the energetic start-up of the first power unit with its inclusion in the country’s energy system.
The Belarusian NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is being built according to the Russian NPP-2006 project near Ostrovets, Grodno Region. The general contractor is the engineering division of the state corporation “Rosatom”. Generation 3+ power units have improved technical and economic indicators. The main feature of the power unit is a unique combination of active and passive safety systems.