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Belarus will make a final decision on selecting a site to build a nuclear power plant in 2008, Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk told Interfax.

"We will select a site in 2008. This could take place slightly earlier or a bit later. Everything depends on when the survey work is completely finished," Mikhadyuk said.

The Energy Ministry and other interested agencies held a meeting at the Krasnopolyansk site, which is being considered as the main site to build the nuclear plant, he said. "We saw how the survey work was going.

All work is being conducted on time," Mikhadyuk said.

Belarus is planning to have the first section of a nuclear plant up and running in 2016-2017 and the second section in 2020. It will cost a total of $3 billion-$4 billion to build the plant.

The Belarusian government is studying two sites to build the power plant: Krasnopolyansk and Kukshinovsk, both of which are in Mogilev District.

Russia, France and the United States are being considered as potential partners to build the nuclear plant. A partner will be chosen based on an international public tender.


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