Physical start-up of first unit of Belarusian NPP to take place in coming days

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.

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