Belarus and Russia will sign an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus in 2009, press secretary of the Belarusian Energy Ministry Lyudmila Zenkovich said after a Wednesday meeting of Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko and head of Rosatom corporation Sergei Kiriyenko.
"The minutes of the meeting indicate that the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on the NPP construction must be drafted, approved and signed in 2009," she said.
Belarus is planning to build an NPP with two power units each with the capacity of 1,000 megawatt employing water-moderated reactors. The construction is expected to begin at the end of this year. The cost of the project is estimated at $4-6 billion. The first unit is expected to be commissioned in 2016 and the second in 2018. By 2020 27-30% of electricity in Belarus should be generated by NPPs.
The first Belarusian NPP will be built in Ostrovets, Grodno region.
Lithuanian ambassador to Belarus Edminas Bagdonas has confirmed the information for BNS.
Belarus accounts the choice of the site to suitable soil.
The site is 20 kilometers away from the border with Lithuania, 53 kilometers away from Vilnius and 134 kilometers away from Minsk.