There are plans to start up the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP in the coming days, the official telegram channel of the Energy Ministry reported.
As noted in the message, the technological systems and equipment have already been prepared for the physical start-up. They were tested, and the personnel of the Belarusian NPP took the necessary training course to carry out the fuel charging operations.
The physical start-up of the power unit begins with the nuclear fuel charging into the reactor core. A total of 163 fuel assemblies will be loaded into the reactor, followed by turning on the main circulation pumps to heat the primary coolant of the reactor plant to the design parameters.
After that, the reactor is brought to a minimum controlled level (the beginning of a chain reaction) with the necessary tests and a gradual increase in the power level of the reactor plant.
The physical start-up is one of the key stages of the power unit commissioning project. Its main task is to confirm the reliability and safety of the power unit at its design parameters.
Among other obvious factors, the protests in Belarus were the result of global changes in the economy. The old model, the tangible industrial one, is more and more moving aside, and it is being replaced by a new, information technology model generally known as postindustrial.
In 2020, the Belarusian economy experienced several disturbances: a decrease in the Russian crude supplies, the pandemic consequences, and two foreign exchange crises in March and August. As a result, the GDP of Belarus in January-July 2020 amounted to BYN 80.0 billion, or 98.4% in comparable prices compared with the same period in 2019.
In January-March 2020, Belarus; GDP amounted to 99.7% in comparable prices as against January-March 2019. Although Belarus' GDP gradually began to win back the January fall in February-March of this year, the index is nevertheless decreasing.
This conclusion is contained in the review "Economy of Belarus in February-March 2020" prepared by the experts of the research company InComeIn.