Five countries to partake in AtomExpo Belarus 2010
March 10, 2010
Over 60 companies and institutions from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Germany will take part in the second international exhibition and conference AtomExpo Belarus 2010. The exhibition will open in the BelExpo center in Minsk on 10 March, the press service of the Energy Ministry told BelTA.
The forum is organized by the Energy Ministry that will display its exposition as well. Among the participants is the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Education Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and over 30 companies of the Russian Federation.
AtomExpo Belarus will feature the latest technologies used to design, build and operate nuclear power plants. The expo is also supposed to encourage nuclear energy researches, and help establish a nuclear industry personnel training system in Belarus.
The exhibition will have the following main sections: nuclear power plant design and construction, installation and startup of the main equipment, nuclear reactors and equipment, nuclear fuel cycle, tools and equipment for building nuclear power plants, nuclear and radiation security, personnel training.
A plenary session of a scientific and practical conference, Prospects of nuclear power engineering development in Belarus, will take place on 11 March. Participants will discuss the government policy in nuclear power engineering and energy security. Attending the session will be top officials of national government agencies and organizations involved in the nuclear station project. Among them are representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Nuclear Power Plant Construction Directorate, the Belenergo Company, the Russian state corporation Rosatom and the Atomstroyexport Company. The conference will also include panel sessions, seminars and presentations, roundtable sessions meant to discuss concepts of designing, building, and ensuring the security of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
There are plans to build a nuclear power plant in Belarus with the capacity of 2,400MW. The first power unit of the Belarusian power plant is supposed to go online in 2016, the second one — in 2018. The power plant will use a nuclear station project designed by the St Petersburg-based institute Atomenergoproject. The Russian company Atomstroyexport is the general contractor. Atomstroyexport is run by Rosatom and implements intergovernmental agreements on building nuclear energy installations abroad. At present Atomstroyexport accounts for around 20% of the global market.