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Armenia Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy Sustainability; Extends Its Nuclear Plant Operation to 2036


Armenia Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy Sustainability; Extends Its Nuclear Plant Operation to 2036

The inaugural Nuclear Energy Summit began in Brussels, Belgium, attracting global leaders, including Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who highlighted Armenia's steadfast commitment to nuclear energy as a cornerstone in combating climate change.

The summit, co-chaired by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi, convened discussions on the pivotal role of nuclear energy in achieving sustainable development goals.



Addressing attendees, Prime Minister Pashinyan highlighted Armenia's reliance on nuclear energy and its unwavering support for nuclear power as an indispensable component in the fight against climate change. He emphasized Armenia's alignment with the consensus reached at COP28, recognizing nuclear energy as a crucial solution alongside other low-carbon sources.


Armenia Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy Sustainability; Extends Its Nuclear Plant Operation to 2036

Pashinyan elaborated on Armenia's strategic approach to nuclear energy, emphasizing its vital role in ensuring both energy security and climate change mitigation. With approximately 30% of Armenia's electricity stemming from nuclear power, the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant stands as a critical component of the nation's energy infrastructure, contributing to stability and sustainability.


Armenia Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy Sustainability; Extends Its Nuclear Plant Operation to 2036

Acknowledging the significant responsibility associated with nuclear energy, Pashinyan affirmed Armenia's commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety and security at the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant. He highlighted Armenia's proactive collaboration with the IAEA and partner countries to ensure compliance with stringent safety protocols, citing the absence of nuclear incidents throughout the plant's history as a testament to Armenia's dedication.


Armenia Affirms Commitment to Nuclear Energy Sustainability; Extends Its Nuclear Plant Operation to 2036

In line with Armenia's priorities, Pashinyan announced the decision to extend the operational lifespan of the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant from 2026 to 2036. This extension, approved by the Armenian government in December 2023, aims to facilitate a seamless transition to a new power unit upon the conclusion of the extended period, thereby ensuring continuity and reliability in energy production.


Pashinyan reiterated Armenia's transparent and open policy regarding nuclear energy, emphasizing the country's commitment to exploring advanced technologies to enhance safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability in the nuclear sector.


In conclusion, Prime Minister Pashinyan called for collective action to advance nuclear power initiatives and urged international partners to leverage the summit's momentum to promote cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy solutions for future generations.


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