Tuesday, August 25 2020 16:18
Alexandr Avanesov

Armenian NPP was connected to RA grid

Armenian NPP was connected to RA grid

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. 


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