Modernization of Armenian NPP more beneficial than construction of a new plant:expert

Modernization of Armenian NPP more beneficial than construction of a new plant:expert

YEREVAN, December 19. /ARKA/. Modernization of the Armenian nuclear power plant (NPP) is much more advantageous to Armenia than construction of a new one, head of x political studies center of Noravank fund Sevak Sarukhanyan said.

If another nuclear power plant is built and commissioned in the country, Armenia will face problems connected with surplus of energy, Sarukhanyan said at an international conference entitled “Security and Cooperation in the South Caucasus” Thursday.

The planned capacity of the new NPP is 1,000 megawatt, equal to what is consumed in Armenia in a year, the expert said adding if the plant is built all the other energy sectors will disappear.

The surplus can be supplied to other countries but Armenia has problems in exporting – the border with Turkey and Azerbaijan is closed, and Georgia itself is an energy exporting country, the expert said.

Hence, modernization of the old Metsamor plant would be more advantageous, Sarukhanyan said.

It should be a deep modernization, the expert said adding the costs will range from $200 to $300 million.

Armenian authorities intend to build a new nuclear power plant in lieu of the current one. According to Russia’s Gosatomnadzor, the cost of the construction will be about $5 billion. In February 2013 Armenia’s minister of energy Armen Movsisyan said the new nuclear power unit is planned to be built in 2019-2020.

The Armenian Metsamor nuclear power plant is located some 30 kilometers west of Yerevan. It was built in the 1970s but was closed following a devastating earthquake in 1988. One of its two VVER 440-V230 light-water reactors was reactivated in 1995. –0--

14:22 19.12.2013

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