Lithuania asks Minsk for official information on Astravyets NPP incident

  • 2020-11-11
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania has asked Belarus to provide official information on Sunday's incident at the Astravyets nuclear power plant, its causes and impact on the nuclear facility's launch process as well as nuclear safety, according to a diplomatic note handed in to Minsk by Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry said.

It also underlined that it is important for Lithuanian and the whole international community to follow official and fact-based information about the situation at the nuclear power plant.

Connected to the Belarus power grid last week, the Astravyets nuclear power plant is not producing electricity since Sunday noon.

The Belarusian Energy Ministry sad on Monday "the need to replace individual electrical engineering measuring equipment was identified" at the nuclear facility, but did not indicate the reasons for this step or the presence or absence of power generation.

The Belarusian media reported that the turbine of BelNPP's power unit No. 1 had been shut down on Sunday afternoon due to the failure of voltage transformers on one of the units. But this information has not been confirmed.

Lithuania's Radiation Protection Center said on Monday it had not recorded any increase in radiation levels in Lithuania, therefore, there's no basis poi public concern.

Power production at the Astravyets NPP was launched last Tuesday when it operated at 250 MW capacity. Last weekend, Minsk said the capacity was raised to 400 MW.

Lithuania suspended power trade with Belarus as soon as power production was launched at Astravyets on November 3.