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Rosatom was replaced: Armenia will build a new nuclear power plant together with the USA

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul6,2024

Replaced "Rosatom": Armenia will build a new nuclear power plant together with the USA

As Armenian officials assure, the discussion of the new nuclear power plant project has entered the “subjective phase”. The states want to ensure Armenia's independence from Russian energy resources.

Armenia is discussing with the USA the possibility of building a new nuclear power plant. The project will replace the only nuclear power plant in the country, which is located in the city of Metsamor, Radio Azatutyun reported with reference to a high-ranking Armenian official.

“The ball is now in the court of the USA. There are internal procedures to be completed before we can start work,” — the interlocutor briefly noted.

According to the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan, the process has already entered the “subject phase”. The representatives of the countries are discussing the legal basis without which it is impossible to advance in construction.

How the construction project of the nuclear power plant in Armenia began

Metsamor NPP produces about 40% of electricity in Armenia. The station was put into operation in 1980, and decommissioning is planned for 2036. In April 2022, the Government of Armenia announced plans to build a new nuclear power plant. earthquake-resistant reactors of the VVER-440 type. In 2021, these units were modernized by specialists of the Russian state company Rosatom.

The US showed interest in the Armenian project: in May 2022, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan signed a memorandum of understanding on “strategic nuclear cooperation “.

In the States, they expect that American technologies will make Armenia less dependent on Russian energy resources.

Armenia's response from Rosatom

Director General of the state corporation Rosatom Oleksiy Likhachev said that in the next one and a half to two years, Armenia should determine the format of its nuclear energy development.

If Yerevan decides to build a powerful nuclear power plant, it may take 10 to 12 years. Based on the terms of the projects, it is better for Armenia to hurry up with the decision, Likhachev pointed out.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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