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Belarus high in 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index
2014-01-10 20:22:14
WASHINGTON, 10 January (WAM) - Belarus is ranked ninth in the 2014 Nuclear Materials Security Index compiled by the non-governmental organization Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). It is the highest achievement among the ex-USSR countries, according to Belarusian Telegraph news agency (BelTA).

The organization was founded by US media tycoon Ted Turner and former Democrat senator Sam Nunn. The document rates nuclear materials storage conditions in 176 countries.

The top five countries with the best nuclear materials storage conditions include Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and Norway. The top ex-USSR countries include Belarus (ninth), Kazakhstan (15th), Russia (18th), and Uzbekistan (18th).

The survey authors indicate that during the preparation of the index multiple factors were taken into account, including the degree of physical protection of nuclear materials, their volumes, the number of storage installations, the political situation in the country, the level of transparency, corruption, and many other things.

Belarus to export at least $25-30m worth of peat bricks in 2014 MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) - In 2014 Belarusian peat industry enterprises plan to export at least $25-30 million worth of peat bricks, said Belarusian First Deputy Energy Minister Leonid Shenets at the online conference hosted by the BelTA website on 9 January.

"We are now working on new avenues and markets. Plans have been made to export at least $25-30 million [worth of merchandise] in 2014," said the official.

According to Valery Kovalyov, Deputy Director General of the national fuel distribution industrial group Beltopgaz, the Finnish market looks promising. "Apart from that, major energy installations that use solid fuel are being built in Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden. Negotiations on the delivery of peat bricks to these cogeneration plants are underway," he remarked.

The Lithuanian market looks interesting, too, with 60,000-70,000 tonnes of fuel bricks for households shipped there every year.

Valery Kovalyov underlined that Belarusian fuel bricks have been supplied to the European Union for ten years.

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