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Armenian Nuclear Plant To Operate Until 2026

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Armenia needs more than a decade to replace the aging nuclear plant at Metsamor by a new facility and will therefore keep it operating until 2026, ten years longer than planned, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisian said on Thursday.

“All calculations show that in any case we need to prolong the plant’s life by several years,” Movsisian said. “The Armenian government has already decided to extend the existing Metsamor plant’s [design] lifespan by 10 years given the fact that the construction of a new nuclear block will take approximately that much time.”

The Armenian government officially announced in April its decision to delay Metsamor’s closure, initially due by 2016. But it did not specify just how long the Soviet-era facility generating roughly 40 percent of Armenia’s electricity will continue operating.

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