The Armenian nuclear power plant (NPP) has been reconnected to the country’s power supply system after a capital renovation, Lusine Harutyunyan, the press-secretary of the RA Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, told ARKA News Agency.

“The renovation works in Armenian NPP were finished 11 days earlier and the NPP was connected to the country’s power supply system at 20:15 on November 17,” said Harutyunyan.

In accordance with a plan, the Armenian NPP was stopped for a capital renovation on September 5.

“In spite of early completion of the renovation, the works aimed to increase the security of the plant are done properly,” said Harutyunyan.

Capital renovation is being carried out every four years. Some of the works are nonstandard and are not carried out yearly, that is why the plant was stopped for a long period.

The Armenian NPP is situated in the town of Metsamor and was brought to operation in 1976. Currently, only the second unit is operating with a designed capacity of 407.5 MW.

The plant has been operated by Inter RAO UES CJSC, owned by Rosatom Russian state corporation since 2003 to 2013. The ANPP can be operated until 2016.

November 18, 2008