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Belarus Shuts Down New Nuclear Power Plant

Belarus has shut down its newly launched nuclear power plant in the Astravets District to replace some equipment, according to a statement by the Ministry of Energy last Nov. 9.

Belarus has shut down its newly launched nuclear power plant in the Astravets District to replace some equipment, according to a statement by the Ministry of Energy last Nov. 9.

The Ministry of Energy said that they have identified the need to replace “individual electrical measuring equipment” during tests.

“Replacement of this equipment is being carried out in accordance with the technological regulations,” the ministry further stated.

The ministry also said that the plant reactor has a capacity of 1,200 megawatts and is still in the initial stage of operation.

Lithuanian electricity operator Litgrid said that it detected a stop in the production at the plant last Nov. 8.

Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom built the power plant, which President Alexander Lukashenko formally opened last Nov. 7. Moscow financed the plant with a $10 billion loan.

Lithuania has criticized the plant, claiming that the project had stolen materials, accidents, and mistreated workers.

Rosatom denied the claims.

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