US Pledges Support for Nuclear Energy Enhancement

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The US pledged its cooperation to build a nuclear power unit in Armenia–the energy minister Armen Movsisyan told Noyan Tapan in an interview Tuesday.

Movsisyan said during talks in Washington with US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman last month the two leaders have also discussed other aspects of Armenia’s energy issues–including the construction of a proposed gas pipeline between Armenia and Iran. The two also discussed further cooperation on energy reforms in Armenia.

Movsisyan said the new nuclear power unit is estimated to cost $600 million to $800 million and will require two to three years to plan. The construction of the unit will take five to seven years–according to the energy minister.

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