Thursday, July 19 2018 17:32
Alexandr Avanesov

The Armenian NPP faced some problems in the course of preventive maintenance work

The Armenian NPP faced some problems in the course of preventive  maintenance work

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.

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