"The regulating body has received the confirmation of the decision to replace the shell of the Belarusian NPP N1 reactor," Sobolev said.
The government made the decision after considering Gosatomnadzor's earlier recommendation against using the reactor, he added.
An accident occurred on July 9 at the plant's construction site when a nuclear reactor fell several feet from a crane. Rosatom’s First Deputy CEO for Operations Management Alexander Lokshin denied reports about any damage of the shell of the reactor. The company, however, said it can replace it at the cost of a delayed schedule. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the country would reject Rosatom's reactor if a single scratch was discovered on the shell.
The 2,400-megawatt reactor is intended for one of the two power units of the Belarusian NPP, located on the border with Lithuania. The first power unit is expected to go online in 2018, the second in 2020.