Loading of fresh fuel started at Belarus NPP Unit 2. The first fuel assembly with nuclear fuel was loaded into the reactor core. Totally 163 fuel assemblies will be consequentially loaded into the reactor. The fuel was manufactured at Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant.After the loading is completed, the reactor will be brought to minimum controlled power level (less than 1%) and the relevant research will be performed. After the confirmation of the reliability and the safety of the power unit operation at design parameters, the power start-up stage will commence in the course of which the unit will be for the first time connected to the power grid of the Republic of Belarus.Belarus NPP having two VVER-1200 reactors with the total capacity of 2,400 MW is being constructed in Ostrovets in the Republic of Belarus. The Russian design of III+ generation was chosen for the first nuclear power plant in Belarus, which fully complies with the international standards and the safety requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency. On June 10, 2021 Belarus NPP Unit 1, which became the first nuclear facility of the newest generation III+ built abroad under Russian technologies , was taken over for commercial operation.