Nuclear Plant Repairs to End in December

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "Continuing the operation of the Armenian nuclear power plant during the past 10 months–while repairs to the structure and facility were going on since November 1997 is unprecedented," director of the plant Souren Azatian told reporters Monday.

He said that the last phase of repairs which began on September 25 were currently under way on the second block of power plant.

Operation of that sector is scheduled to resume in late November–while all phases of repairs are expected to be completed in mid December.

Azatian specifically focused on the terms by which the power plant operated–saying that problems in that realm had be resolved through replacement of equipment.

Asked about prospects for the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Armenia–Azatian said–"It is necessary to take steps to create capabilities which would replace the Armenian nuclear power plant–since we know full well that we can not rely on our neighbors for the transport of energy carriers. In this context–hydropower plants and other nuclear plants are prioritized."

Azatian stated that this year the government of Armenia has allocated a sum for feasibility studies into the construction of a new nuclear plant.

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