ArmInfo. Armenian Parliament law makers at their November 14 session ratified Armenian-Belarusian intergovernmental Agreement on Nuclear Energy Peaceful Use Cooperation.
As Areg Galstyan, the Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources stated in his speech, the Belarusian Side yet in 2012 offered Armenia to initiate an active cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. In the result of negotiations their Governments of Armenia and Belarus signed the appropriate Agreement at the 12-th session of Armenian-Belarusian intergovernmental Commission on
February 19, 2016. Following Deputy Minister, both parties are intended to develop the cooperation in accordance with this Agreement, in such fields like the construction and the operation of new power plants, environment protection, implementation of nuclear technologies in medicines, industries, and agriculture. In the field of R&D the Parties are intended to develop the cooperation in basic research and public relations. Both Parties are intended to worj only in respect to peaceful use of the nuclear energy. Parites expressed their willingness to follow the UN Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of July 1, 1968. Armenia and Belarus bear a liability not to use any materials and equipment during explosion-related works, and not to export those to third country without written notification to the counter- party.
The Deputy Minister recalled that construction works on 2 nuclear units NPP is in progress in Belarus nowadays. Works a re implemented by the State Company of "Roatom". The Belarusiam part is interested in sound Armenian experience in rising of water reactors, which are going to be implemented in Belarus. " The relations that exist between Russian and Belarusian partners due to the company of Rosatom, and the numerous solutions that were found and implemented, are also interesting for Armenia," the Deputy Minister mentioned. The main partner of Belarus in the NPP construction is the Russian company of "Atomstroyexport", which is the affiliate of Rosatom. Within this purpose, Russia rendered USD 10 bln loan to Belarus.
The Armenian NPP which is the only in the region, is located nearby the town of Metsamor (30 km to Yerevan). In March 2014 the Armenian Government took a decision on extension of the NPP 2nd unit lifetime. The project is estimated to be implemented in 10 years and is expected to be finalized by 2019