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Armenian Nuclear Power Plant to cease operating on June 1 for repair

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Construction Week

The reactor of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant will cease operating on June 1 for a substantial repair, Gera Sevikyan, chief advisor to the plant CEO, told journalists on Wednesday on the sidelines of the discussion Prospects for Development Atomic Industry in Armenia.

This time the repair will last 110 days, while as a rule, current prophylactic repairs at the plant last 45 days and capital repairs 65 days.

Sevikyan said the first turbine will stop operating on April 15, and the reactor and the other turbine on June 1. He said that this will create no problems, since the gap will be filled with the energy generated by hydro power plants and other plants.

Sevikyan said that the plant now generates 390-400 megawatt of electric energy, while after the modernization it is planned to generate 420 and in 2021 it is expected to produce up to 450 megawatt.

He also said that the plant is being repaired already throughout three year. In his words, this year will be the hardest year, since energy-producing machinery and security systems in both reactor and turbine will be modernized. We hope this plan will be successfully completed and we will achieve the goal to enhance the security level for ensuring further operation and increasing the power of the energy unit by 15%, Sevikyan said.

The discussion was organized by Rosatom Eastern Europe (part of Rosatom State Corporation) and ARMATOM Armenian Scientific Research Institute for Nuclear Plant Operation.

Armenian Nuclear Power Plant sits near Metsamor (30 kilometers west of Yerevan).

Only the second unit of the plant is operating now. It generates 30 to 35% of the countrys annual power output.

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