ArmInfo. The Armenian nuclear power plant faced some problems in the course of preventive maintenance work. As Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Artur Grigoryan noted on July 19 at the meeting of the government, from June 1, the second unit of the station was stopped for planned preventive repairs, its commissioning is planned for August 1 of this year. However, during the work at the station, some problems were identified that required unplanned purchases.
Thus, when the equipment was opened, mechanisms were identified that required replacement. In this regard, it is proposed to provide the plant management with the opportunity to purchase the missing mechanisms from the manufacturers directly, without holding a tender. The Minister noted that these mechanisms, in principle, have already been purchased and are located on the site of the station. This is a legal solution to the issue. The document is intended to enter into force on the next day from the date of publication. The reason for the haste Arthur Grigoryan called the fact that any delay in terms of time is fraught with serious financial losses for Armenia.
However, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who proposed to return to its consideration at the next government meeting, did not meet the minister's call for an expeditious resolution of the issue with enthusiasm. "It is important to understand what has already been acquired and from whom, at what price, with what quality, and after that make a decision," the prime minister stressed.
Earlier the minister informed that every day of unnecessary idle time of the station in winter brings damage to Armenia in the amount of 250 million drams. As part of the preventative maintenance program, the reactor of the second power unit of the station has been shut down since June 1, which will be put into operation from August 1 this year, in parallel with the fourth turbo unit, which was stopped for modernization on April 14. On August 1 this year, the third unit will be shut down, the modernization of which will last until December 1, 2018.
Earlier, in an interview with ArmInfo, the deputy director general of the ANPP, the director of the program for extending the life of the second power unit of the station, Hera Sevikyan, reported that with the stop of the turbine, the active phase of the second phase of the life extension program of the ANPP begins, during which a huge amount of work is planned inspections of the main equipment - said Hera Sevikyan, adding that from June 1, the plant's reactor will be stopped for a period of two months.