Armenia for a Nuclear Energy Safety Council and Energy Roadmap
18 Oct, 2018

Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has signed a decision, according to which the Nuclear Energy Safety Council will be established adjunct to the PM.


As per the decision, this council will be set up based on the requirements for safe operation of the operating unit of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant, and the need for nuclear energy development and construction of a new nuclear power unit in Armenia.


Miroslav Lipar will be appointed the chairman of this council, and Vahram Petrosyan its executive secretary.


A Soviet-era nuclear power plant in Armenia has become a focus of attention for the EU. At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) October session, held in Strasbourg last week, safety concerns regarding rapidly aging nuclear power facilities across the continent were raised.


"The EU is fully aware of the risks posed by the Metsamor nuclear power plant, therefore, a swift closure and decommissioning of the plant remains a key objective for the EU, as this power plant cannot be upgraded to meet internationally recognized nuclear safety standards," the European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini said in a statement released in October 2017.


Knowing this situation, Armenian cabinet took a several decision to replace nuclear power energy with renewable through a mega "Energy Roadmap" knowing that this alternative energy may not fully replace conventional energy sources, but it will help to move out of the Nuclear dangerous source.


On the other side, it's obvious that the objective of the government of Armenia is to make the system of energy and natural resources more effective.


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last week stated the above - said, as he introduced the newly appointed minister of energy infrastructures and natural resources to the ministry staff.


"In this sense, we can record that we have already entered a practical phase," he added, in particular. "The system of energy and natural resources is among those domains where our country must reach a truly new level."


Finally, energy community will follow the Armenian strategy and new plan during the "Energy Week Armenia 2018" that will be held from 14 to 16 of November 2018 in Yerevan under the auspices of the Government of RA to demonstrate prospects of the country's energy sector and to unlock the potential of international cooperation.

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