Just over thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster, Belarus, whose territory was most affected by the fallout from the accident , is preparing for the first time in its history to commission a nuclear power plant. Equipped with two reactors, the Astravets power station (Ostrovets in Belarusian ) was built by the company Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of the Russian public monopoly Rosatom, thanks to a “loan” of 10 billion dollars granted by Moscow which covers almost 90% of its funding. One of the two VVER-1 200 reactors will a priori be intended for domestic consumption, while the other will allow Belarus to export electricity to the region. Minsk has also undertaken to purchase all nuclear fuel from Russia for the life of the reactors.
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