Three minutes past noon on November 3., the first commercial nuclear reactor built in Belarus, Ostrovets 1, was connected to the grid, Russian industrial giant Rosatom announced.
The reactor is still in the testing stage with the target of connecting to the grid expected when power reached 40 percent. The first sustained minimum criticality took place on October 11. Fuel loading began in the first week of August 2020.
The VVER-1200 reactor is the first of its kind to be built outside of Russia, where four VVER-1200 reactors are in operation. These include Novovoronezh II units 1 and 2 and Leningrad II units 1 & 2. Rosatom now considers the VVER-1200 model as “the backbone of the Rosatom export order book.” The company has 36 of these reactors on order, the company said.
The Ostrovets facility is currently set up for two reactors, which will have a total capacity of 2,400 MW.
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