IAEA invites Armenia to build new nuclear plant

July 9 2004

IAEA invites Armenia to build new nuclear plant

Yerevan. (Interfax) – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
has developed two plans for advancing Armenia’s energy sector through
2020, one of which includes building a new nuclear power station,
chief of the Armenian nuclear oversight authorities Ashot Martirosian
told Interfax.

He said Armenia hopes to build either a new nuclear plant or develop
other generating capacities.

He said the IAEA believes a nuclear station would be preferable from
the environmental point of view because thermal stations, which are
considered the main alternative to a nuclear facility, would increase
carbon dioxide emissions.

Martirosian said that since 1994 the IAEA has been helping Armenia
improve safety at its nuclear plant.