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15 August, Saturday

Armenian Nuclear Power Plant shut down

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Armenia's Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant has suspended its activities for 65 days due to precautionary measures, according to local media, reports citing Report News Agency.

"With the view of implementing outage-2020 covering a large scope of activities within the framework of the ANPP life extension program, the ANPP plans shutdown of Unit 2 from July 1, 2020, at 00:00 and the start-up in 65 days, on September 3," the ANPP said in a statement.

The construction of the Metsamor NPP started in 1970. The plant was shut down following a devastating earthquake in the town of Spitak in 1988. However, in 1995, despite numerous protests of the international community, the Armenian government resumed the NPP's operation and launched a second nuclear reactor.

A strong earthquake can have a catastrophic effect on the Metsamor NPP, leading to an accident and contamination with radioactive materials in Armenia and neighboring countries.

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