RosEnergoAtom, an electric power division of Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom, and Metsamor NPP (Armenia) signed a contract to jointly update Armenian national regulations for nuclear energy generation.
The price of the contract has not been disclosed. According to its terms, RosEnergoAtom’s experts will help their Armenian colleagues to develop commissioning, operation, life extension and decommissioning standards and guidelines for nuclear power plants.
This effort will contribute to improving life-long safety of Russian-designed nuclear plants built outside Russia. It will also reduce the lead time and costs of nuclear construction (since the regulatory framework will be in place) and streamline the licensing process by the national regulator, a representative of the company explained.
In the future, RosEnergoAtom plans to provide regulatory framework updating services through a digital platform. The company is now engaged in developing a management system for technical documentation. Access to it for international customers will be fee-based.
In early April, RosEnergoAtom won a contract announced by the Belarus nuclear power plant to update the Belarusian regulatory framework for the nuclear power industry. The contract will be signed by the end of April. The company also expects to sign similar contracts with Rosatom’s partners from Iran, Turkey and Egypt in 2018–2020.