ArmInfo. With the assistance of the State Atomic Energy Corporation of Rosatom, the participants of the international humanitarian mission "Sail of Spirit" and pupils of the Artanish village secondary school were given the opportunity to visit the Armenian NPP (ANPP) and get acquainted with the station's activities.
An employee of the training center of the ANPP Vazgen Balayan told the guests about the history of the creation of the ANPP, the first fire at the station in 1982 year, its conservation in 1989 and the resumption of work in 1993, the operating principle of the power plant and further operation plans. "If it is properly and correctly operated, nuclear energy does not carry any threats, on the contrary, it is economically viable, environmentally friendly and safe," Balayan said.
Responding to a question about whether the ANPP poses a threat, Balayan noted that the station has 12 security installations that automatically respond in the event of an emergency or an accident. "The ANPP applies and implements the most advanced technological solutions that allow to provide the necessary level of safety," "he said, and in this context added that he does not know of the case when employees suffered from or were exposed to radiation at the station as a result of the emergency. According to him, the radiation background at the ANPP is several times lower than, for example, at the same thermal power plants. "At the ANPP all radiation wastes are controlled and localized in order to prevent leaks," he said.
Balayan also said that in the spring of this year the station was stopped for another planned preventive maintenance, during which also carried out activities to extend the life of the second power unit until 2026. "At present, there are about 1700 employees at the plant, while ANPP provides about 40% of all the needs of Armenia with electricity," Balayan concluded. Participants of the humanitarian mission "Sail of Spirit" on mock-ups were presented in detail the principle of the work of the ANPP.
Note that the mission is attended by people with a vision impairment and without it from Yerevan, Izhevsk, Tyumen, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kostroma, Revda, Kinel-Cherkasov, Tel Aviv. The organizers and partners of the event are the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom", the public organization "Armenian National Federation of Disabled Persons Sports", the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Yerevan, the "WHITE TROY" association etc.
"Sails of Spirit" is a project dedicated to the preparation and realization of a round-the-world trip on a sailing yacht with the participation of disabled people, including the blind. Starting in 2011, the international team makes preparatory sea crossings on a wide variety of latitudes - from the Caribbean to the North Sea. Simultaneously with the development of the marine business, the participants of the voyage conduct humanitarian activities, establishing friendly contacts with people and organizations in the countries participating in the project. The idea of a round-the-world trip on a sailing yacht belongs to the disabled Sergey Burlakov, who in 2004 took part in the New York marathon and won, having overcome 42 km on prostheses. In August 2011, Sergey shared his plans with Oleg Kolpashchikov, who became interested in the topic of inclusive sea voyage, and already at the first meeting in Taganrog a joint decision was made to start the project. In October 2011 an unusual team led by the master of sports Viktor Klokov went to the first training in Croatia. This event is considered to be the start of the project "Sail of the Spirit".
The State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" unites about 400 enterprises and scientific institutions, including all civilian companies of the nuclear industry of Russia, research centers and the world's only nuclear fleet. "Rosatom" takes a leading position in the world market of nuclear technologies. At present, Rosatom is implementing projects to build 8 power units in Russia and 34 power units abroad. "Rosatom" is a partner of Armenia in the project of modernization of the Armenian NPP and provides the station with nuclear fuel.