ArmInfo. The ANPP Unit 2 turbine generators ь3 and 4 after the outage of 2020 (Outage-2020) were started and on 23 August at 13:30 the ANPP was connected to the national grid of Armenia, the official website of the ANPP reports.
According to the source, currently the ANPP is running according to the dispatcher schedule.
The radiation background at the plant and its vicinity is at the level which corresponds to the units normal operation and does not exceed the natural radiation background. With bringing the reactor to operational parameters and connection of turbine generators ь3 and 4 (running at 385MWt) to the electrical grid the outage of 2020 is considered to be completed.
As is known, the fifth year now the ANPP combines the maintenance activities of standard outages with implementation of the ANPP Life Extension Program, since the most of the works in that area is technologically accessible only on the shutdown unit. During the outage activities were performed the results of which sufficiently improved safety and reliability of the unit operation.
Thanks to the effective work of the ANPP personnel the activities of outage-2020 were completed 12 days earlier than the scheduled date.
It should be mentioned that successful completion of this outage came to be possible only thanks to a well-managed process and commitment of the Armenian NPP personnel to the final result, and also, in no small part, thanks to common ground, healthy and business interrelations with involved Russian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Croatian and Armenian organizations which were established over several years of collaborative effort.
To recall, on July 1, the Armenian nuclear power plant stopped for another scheduled preventive repair. The work at the second unit of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant will last 65 days. Activities at nuclear power plants are carried out as part of the modernization and extension of the operating life of the second nuclear power unit in order to increase the efficiency and reliability of the plant. A budget loan of 63.2 billion drams (about $ 130 million) will be provided to complete the program to extend the Armenian nuclear power plant. State budget funds will be allocated to complete the program to extend the life of the second power unit of the ANPP. For the implementation of the program, Armenia previously attracted a loan of $ 270 million from the Russian Federation and a grant of $ 30 million, and as of today the residual resource of these funds was $ 107 million. For objective and subjective reasons, it was not possible to agree with Russian partners on this residual resource. For this reason, a decision was made to attract a budgetary loan of 63 billion drams. In 2020, the Armenian NPP will receive 18.7 billion drams from these funds, in 2021 - 31.5 billion drams and in 2022 - 13 billion drams. The maturity of each tranche is 12 years, of which the first 2 years will be concessional. The interest rate will be equivalent to the interest rate of the borrowed funds of the Russian Federation raised earlier. The loan will be repaid twice a year in equal proportions on June 25 and December 25 of each year, and interest will be paid from December 25, 2020 with semi-annual payments - June 25 and December 25 of each year. The loan is provided without collateral. The Ministry of Finance of the country will issue government treasury bonds under the program. Within the framework of the project, it is also envisaged to form an interdepartmental tender commission, which will carry out all tender procedures and control the process of implementing the program.