Azerbaijan proposes to test operation of Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant in extremal situation

Azerbaijan proposes to test operation of Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant in extremal situation
# 27 March 2013 15:07 (UTC +04:00)

Garibov told APA that only standard tests have been carried out on Metsamor NPP up to now, but 9-magnitude earthquake resistance of the NPP has not been verified: “Metsamor NPP is located in 9 magnitude earthquake zone. What will be the results for the reactor in powerful earthquakes and extreme cases? Therefore the reactor should be tested in extreme conditions. We trust the tests carried out by foreign specialists at Metsamor NPP and can not doubt it. Let any foreign specialist answer "Will this reactor be able to sustain or Armenia to ensure its sustainability, if 9-magnitude earthquake occurs? These are our demands.”

Garibov noted that in case of any accident at Metsamor NPP, it can pose a threat not only to the population of Armenia, but also Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey: “All the neighboring countries should raise this issue.”

National Security Council Secretary Arthur Baghdasaryan said that Metsamor NPP could be closed only after the construction of the new power block. To him, the issue on conservation of the NPP will be considered after the new modern power block is commissioned.

Armenian government wants to build a new station on the site. For now, the talk is about the construction of a power block with a capacity of 1000 MW.

Remind that, head of EU representation in Armenia Trayan Khristea noted that the EU insists on shutting down Metsamor NPP in a short time.

Metsamor opened in 1976 and sits on earthquake-prone terrain near a residential area. It was closed due to the 1988 earthquake in Spitak. In 1995, the Armenian government reopened the plant due to the energy crisis in the country.

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