At the meeting on October 12, the government approved the draft law on ceasing the operation of the first power unit of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant closed joint stock company, which will be submitted to the RA National Assembly in the prescribed manner. The first power unit
of the Armenian NPP has been in long-term stop mode since February 1989.
Presenting the draft law, Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Ashot Manukyan noted. "The first power unit, being de jure in operation, is not de facto operated, because its operation is not expedient in terms of safety and reliability. However, the first power unit has the opportunity to be a donor for the second power unit".
In 2007 the Armenian government approved the "Armenian Nuclear Power Plant Operation Withdrawal Strategy", which suggests the option of "Successive Dismantling" and is envisaged to be implemented within 40 years.
The process of taking the Armenian NPP out of operation will be implemented in three stages: the estimates for 2017 show the process of taking the Armenian NPP out of operation will be assessed around 310.37 million USD.
The power units taken out of the operation will turn into a large source of generating highly active radioactive wastes. But Armenia is experiencing problems in terms radioactive waste storage, as relevant areas are needed, as well as large financial investment for the construction of warehouses with the use of latest technologies, neutralization of radioactive wastes and their storage. The Armenian government has developed Strategy on “Safe Management of Radioactive Wastes and Spent Nuclear Fuel in the Republic of Armenia”, which was adopted on 5 October 2017. RA Minister for Energy Infrastructures and National Resources assigned to submit an action plan on the enforcement of the provisions laid out in the strategy on safe management of radioactive wastes and spent nuclear fuel in the Republic of Armenia to the Staff of Government within 6 months.
13:15 October 13, 2017