Thursday, October 12 2017 14:40
Alexandr Avanesov

The first block of the Armenian nuclear power plant will be decommissioned

The first block of the Armenian nuclear power plant will be decommissioned

ArmInfo. The first block of the Armenian nuclear power plant will be decommissioned. The draft of the relevant law was approved at a government meeting on October 12.

According to the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Ashot Manukyan, the government's decision is based on Armenia's international obligations, especially the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Since February 1, 1989, both power units of the Armenian nuclear power plant were stopped, and on November 5, 1994 the second power unit of the station was re-commissioned, continuing to produce electricity at the present time. Tens of millions of dollars were sent to the second block, as a result of which today the level of its reliability and security is at the highest level. "This is also evidenced by the reports of the IAEA," the minister said, adding that the results of European Union stress tests testify to the reliability of the second block.

At the same time, Ashot Manukyan continued, the first block, de jure, being in operation, de facto does not produce electricity. Its further exploitation is impossible both in terms of safety and reliability. In 2014, the Armenian government decided to extend the life of the second power unit for a period of 10 years. In the process of implementing this program, it became clear that some suitable elements of the first block can be used on the second. Thus, the minister continued, the first block can become a donor for the second block, which will reduce the cost of implementing the program to extend the life of the power unit N2.  According to the draft law, the decommissioning of the first power unit of the ANPP will last 40 years. $ 310 million will be allocated for the implementation of the program. To this end, an extrabudgetary fund will be created in the RA Ministry of Finance, which will finance the project. In the first three years, the investment in the project will be 6 million euros, in the next 10 years - 70 million euros, and in subsequent years - over 163 million euros.

Earlier, in an interview with ArmInfo, Advisor to the Minister Areg Galstyan informed that at the end of next year an updated strategy for the decommissioning of the first power unit of the Armenian NPP will be developed and approved. According to him, such a strategy with the EU funds was developed 8 years ago.  "But a lot of time has passed since then, the methodology and approaches have changed, which requires updating the strategy." Taking into account the fact that the second unit will be operated before the end of 2026, it was necessary to decide on the first block, based on the updated strategy, and the final cost will be determined Of course, there is only one thing, the funds will not be spent immediately, "the minister's advisor said. At the first stage, insignificant financial resources will be used. During this period, it is planned to dismantle the equipment of the second circuit of the first unit, which is not contaminated. After the first stage, the preparatory work for the second stage will begin. Here it will be a question of dismantling the equipment of the first circuit of the unit, which includes a reactor installation.

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 lifetime of the second power unit by 10 years - until the year 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. So far, there have been five meetings of the JCC.

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     


News
Up to 10% cashback from GetTransfer with IDBank cardsUp to 10% cashback from GetTransfer with IDBank cards
South Africa expresses interest in developing cooperation with  Armenia in jewelry and cutting industry South Africa expresses interest in developing cooperation with  Armenia in jewelry and cutting industry 
Armenia, UAE discuss possibilities of increasing mutual trade volumesArmenia, UAE discuss possibilities of increasing mutual trade volumes
Yerevan is trying to demonstrate to its Anglo-Saxon `bosses` its  readiness to reduce economic cooperation with Iran - political  scientistYerevan is trying to demonstrate to its Anglo-Saxon `bosses` its  readiness to reduce economic cooperation with Iran - political  scientist
KfW stands ready to support Armenian government  in implementation of  new projectsKfW stands ready to support Armenian government  in implementation of  new projects
Cooperation with German Fichtner company discussed Cooperation with German Fichtner company discussed 
Armenia, China can record much greater results both in economic and  political dialogue and cultural cooperation - MPArmenia, China can record much greater results both in economic and  political dialogue and cultural cooperation - MP
U.S. capital important for Armenia`s mining industryU.S. capital important for Armenia`s mining industry
Expert: When there is no trust between private and public sectors,  unfortunately, there is no need to talk about right decisionsExpert: When there is no trust between private and public sectors,  unfortunately, there is no need to talk about right decisions
Armenia introduces new rules for labeling carbonated, non-carbonated  watersArmenia introduces new rules for labeling carbonated, non-carbonated  waters
Arsen Bazikyan: Armenia`s agriculture is transforming into  agribusinessArsen Bazikyan: Armenia`s agriculture is transforming into  agribusiness
Armenia to join e-CMR protocolArmenia to join e-CMR protocol
Armenia`s government changes Kaps reservoir project funding Armenia`s government changes Kaps reservoir project funding 
Armenian FM, minister of economy of Saudi Arabia discuss development  of economic ties Armenian FM, minister of economy of Saudi Arabia discuss development  of economic ties 
IMF upgrades Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2024 from 5% to 6%,  expecting inflation at 3.1% and unemployment at 13%IMF upgrades Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2024 from 5% to 6%,  expecting inflation at 3.1% and unemployment at 13%
Armenia`s Deputy PM, Veolia Vice President discuss problems with  water supply to consumers Armenia`s Deputy PM, Veolia Vice President discuss problems with  water supply to consumers 
EEC Board decided to liberalize certain categories of precious  metals` import/exportEEC Board decided to liberalize certain categories of precious  metals` import/export
Earthquakes, drought could affect Armenia`s debt sustainability -  EFSDEarthquakes, drought could affect Armenia`s debt sustainability -  EFSD
Converse Bank starts initial placement of next AMD, USD bonds in  amount of AMD 5 billion, $10 millionConverse Bank starts initial placement of next AMD, USD bonds in  amount of AMD 5 billion, $10 million
USAID releases fact sheet following Joint EU-US-Armenia High Level  Meeting in Support of Armenia USAID releases fact sheet following Joint EU-US-Armenia High Level  Meeting in Support of Armenia 
Expert: Armenia has the potential to get high-quality and abundant  harvest of apricots this yearExpert: Armenia has the potential to get high-quality and abundant  harvest of apricots this year
EFSD presents assessment of potential impact of natural disasters on  debt sustainability of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and TajikistanEFSD presents assessment of potential impact of natural disasters on  debt sustainability of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Armenia is considering appointing attache in Silicon ValleyArmenia is considering appointing attache in Silicon Valley
Astana proposes joint investment programmes in Yerevan Astana proposes joint investment programmes in Yerevan 
Armenia, Kazakhstan have unrealized economic potential - premier Armenia, Kazakhstan have unrealized economic potential - premier 
Armenia, EU discuss expansion of economic cooperation Armenia, EU discuss expansion of economic cooperation 
Transavia airline starts operating route Lyon-Yerevan-LyonTransavia airline starts operating route Lyon-Yerevan-Lyon
EAEU and its economic principles should not be mixed with political  ambitions - Nikol PashinyanEAEU and its economic principles should not be mixed with political  ambitions - Nikol Pashinyan
Armenia, Australia to strengthen cooperation in high-tech field Armenia, Australia to strengthen cooperation in high-tech field 
Leasing EXPO -2024 officially opened in YerevanLeasing EXPO -2024 officially opened in Yerevan
Araratbank to double leasing portfolio by end of 2024Araratbank to double leasing portfolio by end of 2024
Armenian, Kazakh passenger and cargo carriers to be exempted from  road and environmental taxes on reciprocal basis Armenian, Kazakh passenger and cargo carriers to be exempted from  road and environmental taxes on reciprocal basis 
Economy Ministry jointly with Armenal, develop schemes to diversify  sales markets for enterprise`s productsEconomy Ministry jointly with Armenal, develop schemes to diversify  sales markets for enterprise`s products
Info about IT specialists leaving Armenia en masse has nothing to do  with reality - premierInfo about IT specialists leaving Armenia en masse has nothing to do  with reality - premier
WB improves Armenia`s   economic growth forecast for 2024 from 4.7%  to 5.5% WB improves Armenia`s   economic growth forecast for 2024 from 4.7%  to 5.5% 
Government is ready to share risks with agricultural insurersGovernment is ready to share risks with agricultural insurers
EIB to issue loan under energy efficiency programme to Armenia EIB to issue loan under energy efficiency programme to Armenia 
Deadline for filing personal income declarations in Armenia may be  extendedDeadline for filing personal income declarations in Armenia may be  extended
ADB intends to expand its areas of activity in ArmeniaADB intends to expand its areas of activity in Armenia
ADB forecasts 5.7% economic growth for Armenia in 2024ADB forecasts 5.7% economic growth for Armenia in 2024
Conversebank to present its Converse Leasing product at annual  Leasing ExpoConversebank to present its Converse Leasing product at annual  Leasing Expo
By rebranding, INGO Armenia IC begins new stage of developmentBy rebranding, INGO Armenia IC begins new stage of development
Some countries refusal to service Russian Mir bank cards against  common interests - Elvira NabiullinaSome countries refusal to service Russian Mir bank cards against  common interests - Elvira Nabiullina
USAID to invest additional $33mln in Armenia`s economy USAID to invest additional $33mln in Armenia`s economy 
Idplus Bonuses in Idram&IDBank ApplicationIdplus Bonuses in Idram&IDBank Application
Deputy PM: we are ready for any assistance to contribute cargo  aviation establishmentDeputy PM: we are ready for any assistance to contribute cargo  aviation establishment
Mkhitar Hayrapetyan on TV broadcasting agreement with RF: If our  proposals are not taken into account, we do not rule out possibility  of terminating agreement unilaterallyMkhitar Hayrapetyan on TV broadcasting agreement with RF: If our  proposals are not taken into account, we do not rule out possibility  of terminating agreement unilaterally
Armenia, Iran discuss organization of joint production in various  branches of economy Armenia, Iran discuss organization of joint production in various  branches of economy 
ADB ready to fund northern section of Sisian-Kajaran highway of  North-South transport corridor  ADB ready to fund northern section of Sisian-Kajaran highway of  North-South transport corridor  
Armenia`s Ministry of High-Tech Industry developing sectoral strategy Armenia`s Ministry of High-Tech Industry developing sectoral strategy 
Armenia`s footwear exports to Russia 11 times up Armenia`s footwear exports to Russia 11 times up 
EDB sets course for digital future of transportation at joint EEC and  ESCAP eventEDB sets course for digital future of transportation at joint EEC and  ESCAP event
Team`s Next Generation Networ is already available in AshtarakTeam`s Next Generation Networ is already available in Ashtarak
Kazakhstan`s potential exports to Armenia total $350mln - minister Kazakhstan`s potential exports to Armenia total $350mln - minister 
Armenia`s economy to face crisis if Moscow severs economic ties with  Yerevan - ex-premier Armenia`s economy to face crisis if Moscow severs economic ties with  Yerevan - ex-premier 
Acquisition of Ameriabank by BOGG PLC int`l financial group completedAcquisition of Ameriabank by BOGG PLC int`l financial group completed
Armenian service sector generated revenue of $1.2 billion in first  two monthsArmenian service sector generated revenue of $1.2 billion in first  two months
EEC: EAEU common electricity market is at high level of readinessEEC: EAEU common electricity market is at high level of readiness
Armenia`s metallurgical industry increased production volumes by 37%  in first 2 monthsArmenia`s metallurgical industry increased production volumes by 37%  in first 2 months
Idram and IDBank participated in the signing ceremony of the Declaration of Women`s Empowerment PrinciplesIdram and IDBank participated in the signing ceremony of the Declaration of Women`s Empowerment Principles
Read more


Exchange rates
19.04.2024
RUB4.210.02
USD392.60-1.47
EUR418.04-2.71
GBP488.12-3.60
CAD285.09-1.38
JPY25.40-0.12
CNY54.22-0.22
CHF432.05-1.61