ArmInfo.TVEL JSC and Armenian Nuclear Power Plant CJSC signed contract for the supply of Russian nuclear fuel. The delivery will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, which will fully meet the current needs of the Armenian NPP in fresh nuclear fuel. The TVEL company reports.
The only operating nuclear power unit in Armenia with a capacity of 448.25 MW is supplied with vibration-resistant fuel for the VVER-440 reactor produced by the Machine-Building Plant (MSZ JSC, an enterprise of the Rosatom Fuel Company TVEL in Elektrostal). The Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor has traditionally been one of the main sources of electricity in the country. In 2021, the station generated more than 2 billion kWh, providing a quarter of all electricity generation in the national energy system. In the first half of 2022, the nuclear power unit generated 0.92 billion kWh.
"Throughout the history of the nuclear power plant in Metsamor, the Machine-Building Plant and TVEL Fuel Company have remained reliable partners for Armenian power engineers. Until the end of the operating life of the operating power unit, we will continue to consistently provide the Armenian NPP with nuclear fuel with the maximum consideration of the requirements and wishes of the customer," said Oleg Grigoriyev, Senior Vice-president for Commerce and International Business at TVEL JSC, commented.
At the end of 2021, the plant completed a large-scale modernization project for the existing power unit, thanks to which its operating life was extended until 2026. Rusatom ServiceJSC acted as the key contractor for the implementation of the project. "Currently, the concept and program for extending the life of the power unit after 2026 for another 10 years is being considered. Measures have already been outlined to be carried out jointly with Rosatom, which will make it possible to further increase the safety level of the power plant.
In addition, the issue of the construction of the second stage of the Armenian NPP is on the agenda," Eduard Martirosyan, Chief Executive Director of Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) said. It should be reminded that in June of the current year, the Armenian NPP was connected to the unified energy system of the country.
In accordance with the preventive maintenance program for 2022, the launch of the power unit was scheduled for June 27, but thanks to the efficient work of the personnel, it was completed 4 days ahead of schedule. At present, the NPP is operating in normal operation, at a capacity of 380 MW, in compliance with safety and reliability standards.
The Armenian Nuclear Power Plant , which is the only one in the South Caucasus region, is located near the city of Metsamor, about 30 km west of Yerevan. The Armenian NPP is traditionally one of the main sources of electricity in the country. The station annually generates up to 40% of all electricity in Armenia.