aA
A worker has been killed during an accident at the construction site of Astravyets Nuclear Power plant in Belarus.
Man killed at Belarusian nuclear plant's construction site
© AFP/Scanpix

The facility's subcontractor BelAES has infomred that the accident occurred last Friday.

A human casualty in the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant of Astravyets shows that the construction is unsafe and that the quality of construction work is low, says Lithuania's Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis.

"We are increasingly alarmed by regular incidents and the human casualty in the construction site of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant. I convey my sincere condolences to the family of the killed individual. Clearly, quality of construction work at the nuclear utility is not ensured. Doubts can only be cleared by a group of international experts, something Lithuania has been asking for a while ago," Masiulis told BNS.

Citing Belarusian news outlet naviny.by, Lithuania's lrytas.lt news portal reported on Monday that a person was killed during an accident in subcontracting work by a Russian company at the Belarusian utility on August 26. Reasons behind holding back the information for two days have not been provided.

Lithuania's government has accused Belarus of falling short of safety standards in the construction of the nuclear utility some 50 km from Vilnius. Bigger or smaller incidents are reported during the construction of the Astravyets utility. During testing in July, the body of the reactor tumbled from 2-4 m in the biggest incident throughout the construction so far. After Belarus requested replacement, Russia's Rosatom agreed to do this.

Lithuania has proposed that Belarus should set up an international expert team to analyse the construction safety and provide recommendations. Belarus has also been urged to invite independent international experts, however, the country has declined and refused to provide thorough answers about the plant.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania mulls setting up virtual flag airline (1)

The Lithuanian Transport Ministry proposes to set up a virtual flag carrier to reduce the country's...

Lithuania provides assistance to Belarus to fight COVID-19

On 3 June, in response to Belarus’ request for international assistance, the Government adopted a...

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

3 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Overall, Lithuania has already...

Lithuania gives nod to relaunch flights to 3 more countries

The government on Wednesday gave the green light for airlines to relaunch regular flights from...

Top news

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

Lithuania mulls setting up virtual flag airline (1)

The Lithuanian Transport Ministry proposes to set up a virtual flag carrier to reduce the country's...

Colombian student in Vilnius: once you go to other countries, you open a door that may be difficult to close

Colombian student Jorge Andres Agudelo Zuniga came to Vilnius in 2018 for studies via Australia. He...

Actor Gediminas Girdvainis passes away

Lithuanian theater and film actor Gediminas Girdvainis died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, the head...

3 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Overall, Lithuania has already...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina