ArmInfo. The Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Ashot Manukyan will visit Moscow on November 21-22, where he will discuss with the head of Rosatom State Corporation Alexei Likhachev an interim report on the implementation of the program to extend the life of the second power unit of the Armenian nuclear power plant. This was reported by the press service of the government.
According to the source, during the meeting the sides will also specify the terms of the project implementation. Upon his return to Yerevan, the Armenian Minister within three days undertakes to submit a report on the results of the visit to the government apparatus.
The general director noted that until 2021 the plant has a license to produce electricity. Nevertheless, next year, due to long downtime (six months), the plant will not have 1.860 billion kWh of electricity, but this fact will not become the basis for applying to the regulatory body to increase the tariff from the nuclear power plant. "There are savings from previous years, due to which the tariff will not increase," the ANPP Director General 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 plant's work was stopped. In November 1995, in connection with the most acute energy crisis, the second power unit of the plant 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. So far, there have been five meetings of the JCC.