ArmInfo. "I do not see any problems with the delivery of large- sized equipment to Armenia in order to modernize the second power unit of the Armenian nuclear power plant," he said. ArmInfo is the Russian co-chairman of the intergovernmental Russian-Armenian commission for trade and economic cooperation, the RF Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov.
According to him, currently considered a scheme of delivery with the operation of the ferry port of the Port of Kavkaz - Poti. Next cargo will be sent along the routes of the "South Caucasian Railway". "I think this direction is the safest and most effective from the point of view view of the transportation of such a serious cargo, "the Russian minister said.
Earlier in an interview with the correspondent. ArmInfo advisor to the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Areg Galstyan informed that preparations are now beginning for the second stage of the program for the extension of the life of the power unit N2 of the Armenian NPP. To this end, the railway tracks have been restored in order to deliver large-sized equipment to the station. Moreover, it is not just about rebuilding the railway section from Armavir to the station, but also on the territory of the nuclear power plant itself, which is necessary to bring large-scale equipment directly to the shop where it should be installed.
All equipment - generators, transformer, equipment for modernization of the turbine, condenser, so-called thermo mechanical and electrical equipment, will be delivered in stages. "We plan to completely replace the thermal-mechanical equipment of the turbo generator in the course of 2014, we will have to replace the old ones with new ones, in addition, the system electrical substation with a capacity of 220 kW will be completely upgraded. It is also necessary to overhaul the cooling towers, which are a very important element , which affects the parameters of the block's efficiency, we are already close to starting work on cooling towers and we hope that this part of the work will be performed by Armenian companies. The implementation of the program will allow to increase the technical and economic parameters of the unit, to increase the volume of electricity production, to reach higher unit capacity levels, which by 10% or by 300 million kWh will exceed design capacity, "the adviser to the minister said.
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, there have been five meetings of the JCC.