Belarus has resumed generation from the 1.2GW unit 1 at its Astravyets nuclear plant. The unit is running at 40pc capacity, the energy ministry said today. The unit launched in test mode at the start of this month, but halted less than a week later after damage was detected at voltage transformers. The unit restarted after the transformers were replaced and a series of tests were carried out, the ministry said. The unit came off line on 8 November, having been hooked up to the grid on 3 November. Astravyets was built by Russia’s state-run Rosatom and is Belarus’ first nuclear reactor. It is due to begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2021.
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