Updated at 15:40,13-12-2017

Former staff of Lithuanias Ignalina nuclear power plant may be offered jobs in Belarus

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Former staff of Lithuanias Ignalina nuclear power plant may be offered jobs at Belarus nuclear power facility to be built in the Hrodna region, Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadzyuk said at a public hearing in Astravets on August 17.

"We know that we have received some 200 applications from former employees of the Ignalina nuclear power plant. We will be considering each of the applications attentively," news agency Interfax quoted him as saying.

The Soviet-built Ignalina plant was shut down in 2009.

The deputy minister said that the future plants management would start hiring personnel soon. "We will be recruiting not the entire staff at once but on an as-needed basis," he said.

Mr. Mikhadzyuk said that a Lithuanian company had offered to take part in the construction of the plant.

"We have offered the company to participate in the construction of the nuclear power plant as a subcontractor, and also invited it to carry out projects not only in Astravets but also in Minsk or any other city of the country," said the deputy minister.