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Memorandum of Trilateral Cooperation to maximize the seismic safety of the Armenian nuclear power plant

18:37 / 14.09.2021

On September 14, Andranik Piloyan, the Minister of Emergency Situations, Ashot Martirosyan, the Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commitее in the Government of RA and Eduard Martirosyan, the General Director of "Armenian Nuclear Power Plant" CJSC signed a Memorandum of cooperation to improve data collection and exchange through the seismological system, to study the seismic mode of the ANPP and the surrounding area.

Andranik Piloyan, the Minister of Emergency Situations assured that the signing of the Memorandum will give the opportunity to further expand to a new level the cooperation of a structure of strategic importance for the country, aimed at increasing the security of the Armenian nuclear power plant.

In his turn, Ashot Martirosyan, the Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commitее highlighted the seismic safety of the nuclear power plant in the context of general safety and emphasized that the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency can be expected both in technical assistance and development of professional knowledge, if necessary.

According to Eduard Martirosyan, the General Director of "Armenian Nuclear Power Plant" CJSC the fruitful collaboration with the Ministry of ES is continuous, the issues related to seismic safety were discussed and raised during the last visit of the Minister to the Nuclear Power Plant: the signed Memorandum was aimed at resolving them.

According to the document, based on the legislation RA and other normative legal acts, seismic monitoring of the area around the ANPP will be implemented by the relevant structural subdivisions, the uninterrupted operation of the modernized seismic network, registration of earthquakes and further analysis will be ensured.

The specialized structural subdivisions will be involved in the actions envisaged by the Memorandum, if necessary, they will be able to sign civil agreement contracts for the implementation of these actions as sides, as well as apply to other organizations for ancillary activities or financial support. The procedure for transferring information was also defined.

It should be noted that the document will be valid for 5 years, it can be extended for in the same period of time.

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