Craneman dies at Belarus NPP construction site

A worker has tragically died at the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets, popular Belarusian blogger NEXTA reports on Tuesday. The man worked as a crane operator.

His surname is Bykhouski; he was employed by a building contractor.

When reached by, a local department of the Investigative Committee has confirmed the fact of the worker’s death. However, no details have been disclosed.

In late July, two workers who were winterizing the administrative building of the NPP laboratory and amenity complex, fell from height and got severe injures.

The would-be Belarusian NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW is being built according to the Russian project near Astravets in Hrodna region. The first power unit is scheduled to be commissioned in 2019, the second one — in 2020. The public keep being concerned over the unavailability of information about everything that happens at and around the site. Among the emergencies are a reactor vessel incident, when it fell during the transportation, the collapse of the concrete structure at the site between the reactors. Belsat TV was the first to report on the incident. Before the official request of the Lithuanian side, representatives of the Belarusian NPP denied this information.

It is expected that the NPP will send its used nuclear fuel to Russia, but it will be stored in Belarus for about 10 years before the shipment.

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