Belarus authorities deny information about fire at Astravets NPP

The press service has refuted reports about this year’s blaze at the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets.

There was a fire in the electric control room of the reactor protection system on February 17, 2018, environmental activist Mikalai Ulasevich stated with reference to its own sources at the construction site.

“On February 17, 2018 at 13:20 there was a short-circuit fault in a temporary power cable providing electricity to the tower crane and running across the outer concrete wall of one of the building,” the official statement reads.

However, according to the activist, the incident happened during a test run of the reactor protection system equipment. The electric control room allegedly burnt to ashes. To date, the room has been renovated; new equipment have been installed.

The Belarusian Emergency Ministry has not confirmed the information on the major fire either.

Mr Ulasevich repeatedly reported about the incidents at the construction site. His information proved to be reliable.

For example, the activist was the first to ring alarm bells after the collapse of the concrete structure at the site between the reactors. Before the official request of the Lithuanian side, representatives of the Belarusian NPP denied this information.

Another media storm erupted on the reactor vessel incident, when it fell during the transportation.

Lithuania has repeatedly criticized the construction of the nuclear power plant 50 kilometers from Vilnius and encouraged the rest of the countries of the United Europe to not buy electricity from the future NPP.

The first power-generating unit is supposed to be commissioned in late 2019. The second one will go online in 2020.