YEREVAN, September 13, /ARKA/. Armenian energy and natural resources minister Armen Movsisyan said today after a government session that the service life of the Armenian nuclear power plant will be extended by ten years up to 2026.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan in Moscow on September 3 that experts from Russian state nuclear company Rosatom will help Armenian peers to extend the service life of the Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor for another 10 years until 2026.
“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 Armenian government decided also today to allow the Armenian nuclear power plant cjsc to export nuclear materials. Minister Movsisyan explained that this means that Armenia will move to Russia seven cassettes with nuclear fuel brought to Armenia in 1979-1987 and not used because of technical faults.
The Armenian 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. According to experts, the plant can operate until 2016, however, the EU insists on shutting it down. -0-