ArmInfo. Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia Ashot Manukyan met with Ambassador of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacote on January 18.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Energy, the meeting discussed opportunities for expanding cooperation between the two countries in the energy, water and mining sectors.
Speaking about the Armenian-French economic cooperation, Ashot Manukyan touched upon the implementation of a number of joint projects. The French government supported the construction of the reservoir of Vedi. In this issue, the role of Veolia Jur in the context of the introduction of a new quality and culture in the management of Armenia's water resources was emphasized. Taking into account the company's extensive experience, opportunities for cooperation with Veolia Jur are also discussed in other areas. This applies, in particular, to the implementation of the project on waste disposal in the Kotayk region. Speaking about nuclear energy, Ashot Manukyan emphasized cooperation, especially in the field of nuclear waste management. The minister expressed confidence that the cooperation will continue in the near future.
Jonathon Lacote noted that efficiency issues in the Armenian-French economic relations are a priority. A number of French companies are already working in this area. According to the Ambassador, efforts will be intensified after the adoption of the law on cooperation between the private and public sectors, which many companies are waiting for.
Noting that the bill is ready, the minister urged not to wait for his adoption. "The government has adopted the concept stemming from this bill, which is working successfully. The first major project to be implemented within this framework is the Shnokh HPP project, in which US Robins takes part," Ashot Manukyan said.
It is expected that the second major project will be implemented with the participation of the French company Schneider Electric. Within the framework of public-private partnership, construction of a solar station and a 10 MWh battery in Ddmashen is planned. The minister said that contacts have been initiated with LG and TESLA. The participation in the project will be discussed in the future with Schneider Electric.