The Lithuanian State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) has demanded that European nuclear safety regulators suspend the commissioning of Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear plant until all safety issues have been resolved. The Astravyets plant, located some 50 kilometres from Vilnius and considered unsafe by Lithuania, suffered an incident and ceased generating electricity on November 8, less than a week after it was launched on November 3.
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Belarus’ first nuclear power plant stopped generating electricity the day after it was formally opened by President Alexander Lukashenko and some of its equipment needs to be replaced, a Belarusian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Lukashenko inaugurated the Russian-built and -financed Astravyets plant on Saturday. The plant stopped producing power Sunday because some electrical equipment broke down, according to Oleg Sobolev, a consultant at the Belarusian Emergency Ministry’s department of nuclear and radiation safety.
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Explosions have halted work at Belarus’s first nuclear power plant the day after an opening ceremony attended by President Lukashenko, local reports said. Although no radiation leak is thought to have occurred, the incident will exacerbate fears about the safety of the Russian-built Astravyets plant. Lithuania, an EU member, has long opposed the power plant, which is only 25 miles from its capital, Vilnius. It has given iodine tablets that can help prevent radiation sickness to people living near the Belarusian border. A source told Tut.by, an independent news website, that several voltage transformers had blown up on Sunday. There were no casualties. Mr Lukashenko, 66, had hailed the plant, built with a $10 billion loan from Russia, as a breakthrough for Belarus. A study published in 1993 by Belarusian scientists said that tectonic activity in the Astravyets region put the site among the most dangerous of 28 possible locations for a nuclear plant. An earthquake was recorded there in 1908.
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