Energy Experts Discuss Nuclear Energy Problems

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– Representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and the Ministry of Energy recently held a joint meeting at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) to discuss the current state of the country’s nuclear energy sector as well as prospects for its development. They also highlighted problems of the storage and processing of radioactive wastes–the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Energy Zhasmina Ghevondian told Noyan Tapan.

Special attention was given to the construction of a new nuclear power plant–its capacity and location–since the ANPP will be halted in 2004. According to the first Deputy Minister of Energy Karen Galstian–the ANPP’s WWR-440 reactor is up to accepted standards.

When addressing the meeting–the president of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Fadei Sargssian pointed to the need for a more thorough study of the problem of nuclear energy and promised further efforts on the part of Armenian scientists in this direction.

A package of proposals regarding the nuclear energy sector was drawn up. This package will be submitted to the government for consideration.

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