Meeting to discuss training of nuclear industry personnel

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By building the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Belarus and Russia want to show an example of a nuclear power plant of the future, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the training of the personnel for the nuclear power industry and provision of housing to the Belarusian NPP personnel on 27 July.

The Belarusian NPP is a good sample of a nuclear power plant. “We are building the world’s best nuclear power plant. Thus Russia, together with us, wants to show what nuclear power plants should be in the future,” the President noted. He stressed that the NPP construction should not be expedited. All works should be on schedule and of high quality.

According to the President, the first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2018. The second one is to go online in 2020.

As was reported to the President, the BelNPP construction is on schedule. The President was also briefed on the construction of social facilities for builders and future personnel of the nuclear power plant. Aleksandr Lukashenko urged a prudent approach to housing matters for the specialists of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The President cautioned against "fast and poorly thought-out decisions”. “Specialists of middle and senior segments will be paid good salaries. Such specialists are paid highly everywhere in the world. Therefore we need to take into account that they will be able afford some housing, for example, rental housing," said the head of state

The President suggested discussing various options keeping in touch with reality. He cautioned against giving apartments for free. "This should not be the case today, and also in two, three or ten years. People should know that they will have a very promising job with good salaries. We will support them in this regard. But we have social responsibilities which we should remember about,” stressed the President.

The training of nuclear industry personnel was also discussed during the meeting. In this matter, Belarus will use the Russian practices. “This is the world’s advanced experience,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state noted that for obvious reasons Belarus has no capabilities to train postgraduate students in nuclear energy. The country has yet to develop its scientific traditions in nuclear power. "Our universities do provide training of specialists, but do not yet have the postgraduate and masters’ programs. We need specialists of the highest qualifications. We have few of them so far. Using the Russia-designed nuclear power station we will therefore train our specialists in the Russian Federation,” the President said.

Belarusians will make the bulk of the staff at the Belarusian nuclear power plant, with key specialists invited from abroad. “We invite them during the construction, mainly from Russia as it is the Russian-designed nuclear power plant,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. Access to the nuclear reactor shall be given only to the specialists with the hands-on experience of several years. With time Russian specialists will be replaced by specialists trained at Belarusian universities.

Summing up, the President stressed that Belarus has gained some experience of training specialists for the nuclear industry, and has a vision how the process should look like.