Armenia Wants to Build Nuclear Plant with Russian Help

Armenia wants to build a new nuclear power plant and is already in talks with Russia on participation in the project, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan told the PanArmenian.

Avinyan, who is currently in New York for UN events, has said that Armenia does not want to give up on nuclear energy.

“We will continue and are now looking at the possibility of building a new nuclear power plant after the closure of the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant,” he said.

Armenia “has been already discussing” with Russia its possible participation in the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Armenia, he added.

The Metsamor facility is the only nuclear plant in the country. It has one working reactor which is planned to be shut down in 2026.

In February, Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom delivered a turbo-generator to the Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor, the company said at the time.

That was the second turbine generator supplied to the NPP in the town of Metsamor as part of the project to extend the service life of the plant.