Armenian government ok’s agreement with Russia on prolonging nuclear power plant’s life
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.19
The government approved the proposal on the conclusion of the intergovernmental Russian-Armenian agreement on prolongation of operation life of the second unit of the Armenian NPP, Armenian website Lragir.am said.
Under the agreement, the Russian side undertakes to provide Armenia with a loan of $270 million.
The operation life of the second unit comes to an end. The first phase of the program involves research and reporting. Reconnaissance, design, planning, installation and other works, as well as the required equipment will be carried out during the second phase.
Metsamor (Armenian) nuclear power plant was built in 1970. It was closed after the devastating earthquake in Spitak in 1988, but in 1995, despite international protests, the work of the station was reactivated, moreover, the second reactor was launched.
Seismic activity of the region makes the operation of the nuclear power plant in Metsamor an extremely dangerous activity, even in case of construction of the reactor of the new type, according to environmentalists and scientists from all over the region.
Translated by EA
Edited by CN