Armenian nuclear power plant resumes generation after cleaning

10:59, April 09, 2011      

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Armenia's nuclear power plant at Metsamor on Friday resumed generation of electricity after a stoppage of five days for cleaning, the energy ministry said.

Partial resumption of power generation started Friday afternoon but that full resumption of power generation would not resume until April 19, the ministry said.

The stoppage is routine and in accordance with the safety charter of the nuclear power plant.

Earlier this week, energy ministry spokesperson Lusine Harutyunyan told the media that regular IAEA inspections had revealed no violation in the safety and technical conditions of the plant. The next IAEA inspection is slated for May this year and will be conducted by German experts.

The Metsamor plant was commissioned into service in 1976 but was shut down after the 1988 Spitak earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2.

The country had to re-commission the nuclear power plant amid an acute electricity shortage in the early 1990s.

The Metsamor plant now generates up to 40 percent of Armenia 's electricity.

The South Caucasus country is planning to build two more nuclear power plants.

Source: Xinhua
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