Armenian Government Again Tries To Detect Radioactive Raw Material in Armenia

Armenian Government Again Tries To Detect Radioactive Raw Material in Armenia


The Armenian Government is again trying to detect radioactive raw material in the area of Armenia. On 28 September RA Minister for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Ashot Manukyan submitted three draft resolutions on the search of radioactive raw materials. The drafts lay down the activities of the contest committee on issuing soil management permit for the purpose of geological prospecting, the criteria for contest participants and the exemplary sample of the initial agreement signed between the contest winner and the competent body.

Reminder: in the Soviet period Koltsov and Gromov expedition groups dealt with the prospecting of radioactive material in Armenia, the findings of which are published in G. P. Aloyan's article entitled “Resource Potential of Radioactive Raw Materials in Armenia and Its Development Perspectives” published in Russian “Mining Journal”, Issue N 6, 2007. According to this article, the uranium reserves in Armenia made up not less than 100,000 thousand tons. The uranium reserves located in Pkhrut mine in immediate proximity to Lernadzor Village, Syunik Region, were assessed in the amount of 20,000 tons, the predicted reserves of uranium in Antarayin mine were assessed in the amount of 30,000-40,000 tons, 10,000-15,000 tons in Vedi minefield, 10,000 tons in Andi mine and 20,000-30,000 tons in Vayq fine field.

The article not only mentions the predicted reserves of the uranium but also mapping data, which can assist the geological prospecting works held in Armenia. In April 2007 the Armenian Government adopted its decision № 228 entitled “On Establishing Order for Issuing Permits to Conduct Works for Purposes of Investigation, Prospecting, Extraction of Radioactive Raw Materials and Burial of Radioactive Hazardous Chemical Wastes”, while on 6 March 2008 the Armenian Government adopted its decision N 234 on 'Establishing “Armenian-Russian Mining Organization” CJSC', which deals with uranium prospecting in Armenia. The company dealt with the prospecting of uranium in the area of Lernadzor community in Syunik Region, which caused public protests. In 2010 Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan stated that there are no industrial reserves of uranium in Armenia. In 2015 “Armenian-Russian Mining Organization” CJSC was winded up.

18:45 October 03, 2017


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