MINSK, 2 October (BelTA) – Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Alexander Bychkov is expected to visit Belarus on 4-7 October, BelTA learned from Lilia Dulinets, Head of the International Cooperation Office of the Nuclear Energy Department of the Belarusian Energy Ministry.
While in Belarus Alexander Bychkov is expected to meet with Vice Premier of Belarus Anatoly Tozik, top executives of the Energy Ministry. Alexander Bychkov is also expected to deliver a lecture at Belarusian State University. He will call a press conference and will visit the nuclear station construction site.
The visit of the IAEA Deputy Director General will focus on discussing results of the mission the IAEA sent to Belarus on 16-30 June 2012 to assess the nuclear power engineering infrastructure. The mission analyzed 19 avenues of efforts required for the successful implementation of the nuclear power plant project. Among them are legislation, institutional framework, personnel training, nuclear safety, and readiness to respond to emergencies.
Lilia Dulinets said the mission had recognized Belarus’ progress in implementing the nuclear energy program. Its results testify to the country’s high readiness to start building the nuclear station. The mission’s report contains 17 recommendations and 25 proposals regarding future development of the infrastructure. Apart from that, the mission detected ten good practices that may be recommended to other countries that implement projects to build nuclear power plants.
While Alexander Bychkov is in Belarus, the sides will discuss Belarus-IAEA interaction in fulfilling recommendations of the mission, including technical and advisory assistance of the agency, preparation of the relevant integrated plan, BelTA has been told.