YEREVAN, September 3. /ARKA/. Experts from Russian state nuclear company Rosatom and Armenian experts have agreed to work on a project to extend the service life of the Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor for another 10 years until 2026, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan today in the Russian capital.
“Armenia and Russia continue to cooperate in the nuclear energy field. Rosatom and Armenian experts have agreed to concentrate efforts on the implementation of a project to extend the service life of the Armenian nuclear power plant for 10 years until 2026”, Putin said according to RIA Novosti.
The 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. According to experts, the plant can operate until 2016, however, the EU insists on shutting it down. --0—