Belarus is ready to export electricity to the Baltic countries and Ukraine
The Belarusian nuclear power plant is designed primarily for internal needs for electricity, but it is ready to work for export as well, said Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich.
Now at the first power unit of the BelNPP, testing of equipment at the rated power of the reactor system is well underway, which is the final stage of the pilot commercial operation of the unit.
“First of all, we are aimed at satisfying internal needs, but if supplies are required to the Baltic countries and Ukraine, we are ready to provide them. For this we have all the technical capabilities,” the BelTA news agency quoted the minister as saying.
The minister noted that the country will increase the volume of electricity production.
"Our energy system is self-sufficient, that is, we fully meet the demand for electricity from our own generating sources, but there is also an opportunity to supply for export. Taking into account the commissioning of the BelNPP, we will have an increasing potential, including for export purposes," said Karankevich.
According to him, now electric energy is in demand and the BelNPP will make a significant contribution to meeting the growing needs of the real sector of the economy and the population. At the same time, he noted the possibility of replacing the use of hydrocarbon fuel.
As previously reported, last year the volume of electricity consumption in Belarus amounted to 38 billion kWh. By 2025, growth is projected to 44 billion kWh. It is planned that the BelNPP will provide about 40% of the country's electricity demand.