Rosatom delivers second turbo-generator for Armenian nuclear power plant
/Feb 4/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom has delivered the second turbo-generator for the Armenian nuclear power plant as part of a project to modernize and extend the service life of the facility. 
"This new-generation equipment will improve the plant’s efficiency and increase power generation," the corporation said in a press release. The first turbo -generator was delivered in 2017 to replace the unit that had worked since the end of the 1970s. “After upgrading the equipment of the facility that also involves the replacement of turbines, transformers, power transmission equipment, capacitors, restoration of cooling towers, we will generate 40 MW more energy than now spending the same amount of fuel. The increased efficiency will reduce the cost per unit of electricity generated, which is extremely important for stabilizing selling prices,”said Movses Vardanyan, the CEO of the plant.
The second turbo-generator will be installed in 2019 along with improvement of the safety of the main systems.
The turbo-generator was first delivered to Antwerp and from there by sea to Georgian port of Poti and from Poti to Armenia by railway.
The Armenian Nuclear Power Plant is located some 30 kilometers west of Yerevan. It was built in the 1970s but was closed following a devastating earthquake in 1988. One of its two VVER 440-V230 light-water reactors was reactivated in 1995. 
In March 2014, Armenian government decided to extend the plant’s service life up to 2026 because of delay in building a new unit. The service life extension has become possible thanks to Russia’s financial resources. The country provided $270 million to Armenia as a loan and $30 million as a grant.

Gazprom Armenia discusses natural gas price change
/Feb 6/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The deputy CEO of Gazprom Armenia national gas distribution company Vakhtang Mirumyan said today the company was discussing its future operations in view of the decision of its parent company, Russian Gazprom, to raise the price of natural gas shipped to Armenia from $150 to $165 per 1 thousand cubic meters from January 1. 
However, according to an agreement reached with the company, in 2019 the price for gas for Armenian consumers will not change.
Mirumyan said the discussions aim at finding a solution that would not damage the company’s activity and on the other, have no undesirable consequences. According to him, the discussions are focused on investment, overhaul and possible losses of gas.
As Mirumyan noted, Gazprom Armenia is only a party involved in negotiations between the Armenian government and Russian Gazprom. He said the talks involving Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC),  the government and other authorized bodies may last for months, although about two months are given for discussions.
In a late January interview with Russian RBC, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said  Armenia’s government expected Russian Gazprom to lower the price of natural gas it ships to Armenia. ‘This is one of the (most) sensitive issues across the Eurasian Economic Union," the Armenian prime minister said, expressing hope that prices will drop after the talks.
In 2018 September Nikol Pashinyan ordered creation of a task force that was to look into the factors and components that influence the price of Russian natural gas delivered to Armenia. During a September 8 meeting in the Kremlin Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to look into the pricing of Russian gas delivered to Armenia. 
The Russian natural gas is delivered to Armenia by Gazprom at a $165 per one thousand cubic meters, but Gazprom’s Armenian subsidiary – Gazprom Armenia – sells it to Armenian households at almost $300.

Alternative energy a prospective field for Armenia: President Sarkissian continues meetings with French business circles
/Feb 7/

YEREVAN – President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, who is in Paris on a working visit, met with famous French businessman Henri Proglio, the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Electricité de France and former CEO of Veolia Environnement, the Armenian Presidential Office told Armenpress.

The Armenian President and the French businessman discussed the cooperation opportunities and prospects in the field of nature protection, energy, water resource effective management.

President Sarkissian specifically highlighted the great potential in the field of alternative energy and the opportunity to implement joint programs. He stated that Armenia is rich of renewable energy resources, and the alternative energy is a prospective business field for our country.

The sides agreed that the businessman, who has a great experience in the aforementioned fields, will visit Armenia in coming months to get acquainted with the opportunities, continue the discussions and give more subjective process to the partnership.

Russia-Georgia-Armenia-Iran energy corridor project presentation to take place by the end of 2019
/Feb 9/Aysor/

Russia-Georgia-Armenia-Iran energy corridor project presentation will take place by the end of 2019, Russian deputy energy minister Anatoly Yanovski told Russian TASS.
“Studies have been conducted over the possibility to unite the energy corridors, observations were made from all the sides and this year the regular session of the task group will take place where the project will be presented,” Yanovski said.
It has been reported earlier that two energy corridor projects are being discussed between Russia and Iran one of which passes through Georgia and Armenia and the other through Azerbaijan.
Official from Russian Energy Ministry reported that the first pilot Russian power supplies via Azerbaijani territory to Iran are planned for 2019.