ArmInfo. Nuclear waste and nuclear fuel management strategy is under development in Armenia. This was shared with ArmInfo by the press office of the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural resources of Armenia.
According to the press office, within this purpose Ashot Manoukyan, the head of the Ministry, released the order with an instruction to form a working team comprising specialists of Minsitires of: Energy Resources and Infrastructures, Nature Protection, Ministry of territorial Development and Administration, Ministry on Emergency Situations, and the National Security Service, as well as the specialists of Armenian Nuclear Power Plant and State Committee on Nuclear Safety .
The works on the document are in progress already. Whole the process of the document modification should be completed until May 20, 2017 and submitted for the Government approval. To recall, the Armenian NPP, the only NPP in the region, is located near the town of Metsamor (some 30km to the south of Yerevan). The first unit was put into exploitation in 1976, the second in 1980. At the beginning of 1989, the plant was closed down for political ideas, and then the second unit was reactivated because of acute energy crisis at the beginning of 1995. Two power units of Russian model pressurized water reactor- 440, with capacity of 815 megawatt in total were installed at the Armenian NPP. Experts say the Plant will be able to operate till 2016. At present measures are being taken to prolong the lifespan of the Armenian NPP till 2027. It is planned that these works will last five years and be completed in 2019. Russia allocated for this purpose to Armenia a state export loan for $ 270 million and a grant of $ 30 million.