Updated at 15:34,14-12-2017

Russia-made reactor vessel for Astravets NPP arrives in Belarus

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It took 72 days to deliver a reactor vessel from Russias Volgodonsk-based plant Atommash to Belarus.

The piece of equipment weighs over 330 tonnes. It is 13-meter high, with the diameter as large as 4.5 meters.

The NPP first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2018, the second one in 2020. The construction of two nuclear reactors is provided in the agreement reached by Belarus and Russia, the reactors being supplied by Atomstroyexport, Russia.

The project faced opposition at home and abroad on both safety and political grounds. The Astravets nuclear power plant is being built 50 kilometers from Vilnius. Lithuania has been criticising Belarus for failing to ensure its safety.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has called on the EU to seriously consider restricting the import of electricity generated by the Astravets NPP to the EU market stressing that the safety of the facility near the border with Lithuania should be a matter of concern for the entire European Union.