Transit tariff for Russian gas supplies to Armenia
/Mar 11/

YEREVAN – The tariff paid by Gazprom to deliver gas through Georgia to Armenia has increased, Georgian Minister of Economy Natia Turnava announced.

“Negotiations with Gazprom have finished successfully and soon Georgia will define the agreement with the Russian state-run gas company. Georgia has improved its positions against the Russian company. The transit price paid by Russia to us has increased, while the cost of the Russian gas has declined”, Turnava said.

She could not say exactly how much the tariff has increased since it’s a commercial secret.

Before 2017 Georgia received 10% of the gas transited through its territory. Later, Georgia changed the conditions and started to get money instead of gas.

Gazprom will pay Georgia more for gas transit to Armenia
/Mar 14/PanArmenian.Net/
Russia’s Gazprom has agreed to pay Georgia more for transiting its gas to Armenia, the republic’s Deputy Minister of Economy Natia Turnava has said.

While revealing that the transit fee has increased, Turnava failed to disclose how much the Russian side would pay Georgia for transferring gas to Armenia.

In 2018, Gazprom supplied 1.94 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Armenia.

Georgia’s agreement with the Russian energy giant Gazprom on gas transit to Armenia expired on December 31, 2018.

The agreement was reached on January 10, 2017 under which Georgia, as a transit country for the transportation of Russian gas to Armenia, during 2018 received payment from Gazprom.

Under the previous agreement, which expired on December 31, 2016, Russia was paying Georgia for gas transportation by supplying natural gas to the amount of 10% of the volume of the transported gas.

Discussions on Iranian gas transit via Armenia transparent for all partners – PM Pashinyan
/Mar 19/

YEREVAN – The issue of the Iranian gas transit via Armenia has been one of the key points of the agenda of the recent visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Iran: earlier this issue has also been discussed with the Russian, Georgian and Turkmen leaders, PM Nikol Pashinyan said during today’s press conference with reporters, reports Armenpress.

“You know that before visiting Iran I had telephone conversations with the Georgian PM, Presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan. I informed them what issues I am going to discuss in Iran because their approaches are also important, in particular to what extent Georgia, Russia and Turkmenistan are interested in such talks. It was decided also based on the results of the discussions with them that this topic should become one of the key points during the visit in Iran. The discussions continue and will continue as long as we haven’t come to any conclusion”, the Armenian PM said.

He added that overall mood should be that Armenia develops relations with all possible directions both with Iran, Georgia, Russia, EU and the US. “In other words, we must have initiatives, ideas at all directions on how we can develop these relations. It’s important to state that such developments are important in terms of ensuring stability and integration in our region. I am happy to note that there is an interest which is identical. The most important in this process is that we are holding discussion with all our partners and do everything so that our agenda and actions are transparent for them”, Pashinyan said.

Asked whether the issue of the Iranian gas transit via Armenia supposes a creation of a new gas pipeline, the PM clarified that the talk is not about a new gas pipeline. “The talk is not about a new gas pipeline as long as it is possible to implement the current programs with the existing gas pipelines”, he said.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan paid an official visit to Iran on February 27-28, 2019.

Construction of new NPP in Armenia with 1,000 megawatt capacity will cost $3-4 billion, expert says
/Mar 20/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Construction of a new nuclear power plant in Armenia with 1,000 megawatt capacity will cost $3-4 billion, Ara Marjanyan, a UN expert on energy, told reporters on Wednesday.
Marjanyan believes that Armenia is able to find necessary funds for building a new nuclear power plant and use the technologies of the world leaders in this areas – Russia, China, as well as the French-Canadian Areva and the American Westinghouse.
‘The Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor will operate at least until 2026-2027. Armenia’s prospects for nuclear energy are generally good and have no alternative, since no source of renewable energy can replace nuclear energy,” said Marjanyan.
He said  the nuclear power plants  do not use such sources for electricity production as natural gas or coal  and also allow reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
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.

Armenian nuclear power plant to continue running, but supplemented by new power unit
/Mar 20/JAM News/Artur Xachatryan/ 

The authorities of the country have stated that they have no obligation to close the nuclear power station, but there is a need to find sources to replace it 

Operations of nuclear power plant must be extended 

The Metsamor nuclear power plant has been the subject of controversy for a long time. 

Some international structures, including the European Union, insist on either the closure or modernization of the station. 

The EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement demands that Armenian close the nuclear power plant and replace it with new energy capacities. But the authorities of the country have already stated that the terms of operation will be extended because Armenia is currently unable to build a new plant or extend its existing capacity. 

At the moment, work is underway that will prolong the safe operation of the station. However, it is unclear how long this period will be extended. 

A new power unit will also reportedly be built and will cost Armenia $5 billion. 

The nuclear power plant will close when other power sources are brought online 

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the issue of closing the nuclear power plant is not on the agenda. The agreement with the EU, he says, does not demand the closure of the power plant: 

“I want to state that in the Agreement on Comprehensive and Expanded Partnership, the topic of closing the nuclear power plant is linked to the creation of energy sources of adequate power. Our agenda is not the closure of nuclear power plants, but extending their capacities.” 

The Metsamor nuclear power plant 

Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant has remained a key link in the republic’s energy security system for more than twenty years.

It provides for about 40 per cent of the electricity generated in Armenia.

It was commissioned in 1977. After the devastating earthquake in the north of the country in 1988, the USSR Council of Ministers and the Council of Ministers of the Armenian SSR decided to shut down the nuclear power plant. This was due to the likelihood of repeated shocks.

However, five years later in 1993, the authorities of independent Armenia went to restart the second power unit of the station. In the absence of other real sources of electricity, it was the only way out of the energy crisis that began in the country after the collapse of the USSR and the blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Nuclear energy continues to occupy an important place in the overall energy system of the country.

Opportunities on having new energy unit with up to 600 MW capacity to be observed in Armenia’s NPP
/Mar 20/

YEREVAN – The works on extending the deadline for the operation of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant continue, for which Armenia signed two agreements on cooperation and financing with Russia in 2014-2015, an official of the Armenian ministry of energy infrastructures and natural resources Artem Petrosyan told reporters during a panel discussion on the development prospects of nuclear energy in Armenia, reports Armenpress.

He said according to today’s strategy, the works on extending the operation deadline are expected to end and a new energy unit will exist in the future with up to 600MW capacity, but this requires additional observations.

“We all know that after the termination of the NPP in the 90s, we faced an electricity crisis, people were left without electricity, the level of Lake Sevan reduced, and only after the re-launch of the NPP it was possible to get out of the energy crisis”, he said.