The draft of the Strategic Plan for Development of Energy Sector of the Republic of Armenia (till 2040) received 75% of the votes on the united website of the publication of draft legal acts. This project, developed by Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia, was published for discussions on www.e-draft.am on December 6-12, 2019.
According to the draft strategy, 12 billion kWh of electricity will be generated by average 7 billion kWh of electricity produced in the Republic of Armenia in the recent years, by 2026, 12 billion kWh of electricity will be produced, out of which 45-50% will be export instead of the current 15%.
Armenian electricity is mainly produced in three types: nuclear, hydro and thermal stations, out of which 39% is produced by the nuclear power plant, 60% is almost equally produced by hydro and thermal plants. The share of all other plants in the electricity system is up to 1%.
According to the project, the ANPP's activity remains a priority for the power generation. “By 2022, the investment program on the extension of ANPP lifetime will be accomplished, with the result that $ 300 million will be invested and the plant will be extended to 2026.
If the safe operation of the nuclear power plant after 2026 is substantiated by relevant studies, the government intends to operate it by 2036, which is expected to require an additional $150 million investment,” the draft strategy states.
It is also planned to accomplish the construction and launch of the following stations by 2023:
1. Yerevan SHPP-2: 250 MW, release by 2022 ($ 250 Million Investment)
2. Masrik-1 Solar Photovoltaic Station - 55 MW, release by 2022 ($ 60 million investment);
3. SHPPs: 28 Stations, 60 MW, release by 2023 ($ 60 million investment)
4. Small Solar Stations: 29 Stations, 102 MW, Release by 2022.
It is envisaged that the number of these stations will be doubled in the coming year and by 2023 the total installed capacity of such stations will be 210 MW.
At the same time, according to the draft strategy, the Government of the Republic of Armenia intends to increase the share of solar energy production to 10% by 2026 (1.2 billion kWh of 700 MW solar power generation).
It should be noted that the draft of Strategic Plan for the Development of Energy Sector of the Republic of Armenia (till 2040) is currently under development.
14:16 January 16, 2020