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    July 1, 2022 - ARKA News



      YEREVAN, July 1. /ARKA/. Russia and Armenia will set up a working group to develop a strategic partnership in the nuclear power sector.

      A protocol to that end was signed in Yerevan on Thursday during a meeting between Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spassky and Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosyan.

      According to a report on Rosatom's website, the document envisages concrete steps in the nuclear energy area such as re-renewal of the operating power unit of the Armenian NPP, construction of a new power unit, decomissioning and management of radioactive wastes of the operating NPP.

      The meeting was attended by the heads of JSC Rusatom Service, JSC Rusatom Energy Projects, Rusatom International Network, representatives of JSC Rusatom Infrastructural Solutions and JSC TVEL as well as representatives of the Armenian ministries, departments and the Yerevan City Hall.

      The participants of the meeting had a substantial discussion on the prospects of implementation of the Comprehensive Program for Russian-Armenian cooperation in energy and non-energy projects signed on April 19 this year.

      The discussions, results and agreements reached during the consultations at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure were presented to the Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan.

      Earlier it was reported that Armenian and Russian specialists discussed the design of a new nuclear power unit that is to be built in Armenia. The experts who met on June 23, considered a variant of power unit VVER (water-water power reactor). This type of unit is being run by the ANPP now, but the new unit is to be about three times larger in power (the operating power unit of the NPP is 430-440 MW, while the new power unit is to be 1000-1,300 MW).

      The Armenian NPP is located some 30 kilometers west of Yerevan. It was built in the 1970s but was closed following a devastating earthquake in 1988. One of its two VVER 440-V230 light-water reactors was reactivated in 1995.

      In March 2014, the Armenian government decided to extend the plant's service life up to 2026. The service life extension was financed by $270 million Russian loan and a $30 million grant. -0


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