ArmInfo. On October 6, the fifth meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee for the project on the extension of the lifetime of the 2nd unit of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant took place.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia, the State Committee under the Government of the Republic of Armenia for the Regulation of Nuclear Safety, JSC Rusatom Service and ZAO Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP). The Russian delegation was headed by First Deputy General Director - Director of the Block for Development and International Business of the State Corporation Rosatom Kirill Komarov, Armenian - Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Ashot Manukyan.
The meeting participants discussed the results of preventive maintenance in 2017, as well as the scope and schedule of work to replace and upgrade the equipment in 2018 and subsequent years. Within the framework of the meeting, the topic of cooperation in the field of education, training of personnel and interaction with the public on the acceptability of the popularization of nuclear energy was touched upon. At the 5th meeting of the JCC, it was noted that this year the station will be supplied with key equipment for the modernization of the engine room, in particular a turbine generator, a block transformer and other equipment. " According to Russian specialists, only in 2018 more than 600 employees of contract organizations, including Armenian ones, will perform work at the station.
Also, the meeting participants noted that the infrastructure will be recreated near the NPP for the implementation of the project. The railway section from Armavir to Ashaloys has already been rebuilt, infrastructure facilities are planned to be reconstructed, including hotels in Armavir, where personnel who work at nuclear power plants will live. On the territory of the station itself, works will be carried out to improve the territory.
The Armenian nuclear power plant consists of two units with Soviet (Russian) WWER reactors. The first unit was commissioned in 1976, the second - in 1980. In March 1989, after the Spitak earthquake, which killed 25 thousand people, the station's work was stopped. In November 1995, in connection with the most acute energy crisis, the second power unit of the station with a capacity of 407.5 MW was involved. In March 2014, the Armenian government decided to extend the life of the second power unit by 10 years - until 2026. The project is coordinated by the subsidiary structure of the State Corporation Rosatom - JSC Rusatom Service. Completion of work is planned for 2019. The Government of the Russian Federation allocated a $ 270 million state export loan to Armenia and a $ 30 million grant for these purposes. In March 2015, the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) was established to implement the program. To date, four meetings of the JCC have been held.
JSC "Rusatom Service" is part of the electric power division of the State Corporation "Rosatom". The company provides foreign NPPs with WWER a full range of services and supplies needed to ensure operation and repair. The company is present in almost all countries with operating NPPs with WWER outside of Russia. In the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia, Rusatom Service takes leading positions, being the general contractor for the extension of the service life, the implementation of preventive maintenance and upgrading of the equipment of VVER NPPs. In foreign markets, JSC Rusatom Service has generated a portfolio of orders worth about $ 500 million. www.rusatomservice.ru
The State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" is one of the global technological leaders. Rosatom unites over 300 enterprises and scientific institutions, including all civilian companies of the nuclear industry in Russia, research centers and the world's only nuclear fleet. Currently, Rosatom is implementing projects to build 8 power units in Russia and 34 power units abroad. Cooperation between Rosatom and the Republic of Armenia has been successfully developing for many years. A key project implemented by Rosatom in Armenia is the extension of the life of the 2nd power unit of the Armenian NPP. Rosatom also supplies fuel for the nuclear power plant. An important place in bilateral cooperation is occupied by joint projects in the field of health education and training of personnel for the nuclear industry