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Belarus expects nuclear deal with Russia

RIA Novosti

15:26 14/03/2011 MINSK, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Belarus hopes to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday, First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said.

The deal is expected to be inked at a session of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in Minsk.

"I hope that we will sign it. In general, we are ready," he said, adding that there was no alternative for Belarus.

Under the documents due to be signed, the first unit of a Belarusian nuclear power plant is to go into operation in 2017.

The second unit should be up and running in 2018.

The NPP should have an aggregate generating capacity of 2,400 MW.

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