Residents of the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions are engaged in the construction of the nuclear power plant in Astravets, influential Belarusian blogger NEXTA reports with reference to its own sources.
According to him, as manpower in increasingly short supply at the construction site, the Belarusian persons in charge are seeking private firms’ assistance in filling vacancies.
“Rosatom even enlists migrant workers from the occupied regions of Ukraine in the building. For example, the entire system of circulating mains of the 1st and 2nd power units was assembled by ‘experts’ of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk republics, the blogger said on his Telegram channel. As a result, there have been flaws and incidents, NEXTA states.
Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of the Russian state corporation Rosatom, is the general contractor at the Belarusian NPP construction,
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.
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.
Lithuania has repeatedly criticized the construction of the nuclear power plant and encouraged the rest of the countries of the United Europe to not buy electricity from the NPP. Belarus’ neighbour is not only concerned about the proximity of the station to Vilnius, but also with a number of emergencies during the NPP construction. 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. Our channel was the first to report on the incident. Before the official request of the Lithuanian side, representatives of the Belarusian NPP denied this information.