Armenia’s territorial administration and infrastructure minister Suren Papikyan has said that the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP), which is the sole nuclear power facility in the country, is safe enough to remain operational not until 2027 as currently planned, but another ten years. Speaking at a press conference at the Soviet-era Metsamor plant, located near Yerevan, Mr Papikyan said that the existing facilities allow for an extension of its lifespan. “But I don’t want to get ahead of time,” he told reporters, adding that the Armenian government is yet to discuss the issue. Armenia’s previous government decided that the lifespan of the plant’s 420 MW reactor, which was due to be decommissioned in 2017, should be prolonged for 10 years after the country failed to attract foreign investment for the construction of a new NPP.
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