CN-177/5 Regulatory Infrastructure Existing in Armenia. International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems: Further Enhancing the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Regime. 14-18 December 2009 Cape Town, South Africa. Ashot Martirosyan Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
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International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems: Further Enhancing the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Regime
14-18 December 2009Cape Town, South Africa
Armenian Nuclear Regulatory Authority
Shut down in 1989 following earthquake in 1988
April 1993 - Government of Armenia adopted decree on Armenian NPP Unit №2 Restart
State regulation at atomic energy utilization (safety of nuclear facilities, the safe use of ionizing radiation sources, the safe management of radioactive waste, and the safe transport of radioactive and nuclear materials) aimed to ensure the safety of population and personnel, environmental safety and to defend safety interests of the Republic of Armenia.
ANRA regulates the nuclear and radiation safety of Armenian NPP, dry spent nuclear fuel storage facility, ionizing radiation sources, RADON radioactive wastes storage facility, and of other facilities where practices with nuclear materials are implemented.
The ANRA’s responsibilities are established in the Law on
Safe Utilization of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes and its
ANRA’s responsibilities include:
Armenia plans to construct new NPP unit.
Armenian government commission has announced Worley Parsons, as the winner of the tender for management organization.
29 May 2009 the Government of the RA in its decision approved the contract NoTDB-09/22 on “Management services related to implementation of new NPP unit(s) construction program”.
ANPP unit 3:
Uranium mining related issues are settled in a number of legal acts, for instance the Law of the RA on Fields (or deposits) and relevant government decrees.
In accordance with the RA Government Decree № 452 as of 24.05.2001 ANRA is responsible for regulation of safety of ionizing radiation sources and protection against ionizing radiation in the Republic of Armenia to ANRA.
The Law of the RA on Licensing recognizes ANRA as the licensing authority in the atomic energy utilization field and establishes practices subject to ANRA licensing.
ANRA has developed the licensing procedures for each type of practice subject to licensing, including procedures with requirements for licensing of radiation sources and radiation generators.
Before the licensing process started ANRA has conducted several workshops to familiarize users of radioactive sources with these new safety and security requirements.
NRSC use the most up-to-date methods and approaches, the best available tools and
Verified techniques thus increasing the quality of works performed and services provided
in the following areas:
The ANRA acts as the national coordinator of the IAEA national
and regional projects on nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear
applications, physical protection, radioactive waste management, safe
Armenia participates in 39 IAEA regional projects which contribute to
improvement of experts qualification, strengthening technical capabilities of
different organizations and facilities
IAEA assisted the ANRA in development of safety regulations and rules,
strengthening regulatory control and safety assessment capabilities,
improvement inspection practices, strengthening emergency
preparedness and response capabilities, establishment of NRSC and so
The IRRT Mission from April 27 to 10 May 2002 reviewed the following
areas of ANRA activity: Legislative and governmental responsibilities; Authority,
Responsibilities and functions of the regulatory body; Organization of the
regulatory body; Authorization process; Review and assessment; Inspection
and enforcement; Development of regulations and guides; Emergency
preparedness. The IRRT report included recommendations (17), suggestions
(20) and good practices (7)
The IRRT follow-up Mission from August 29 to September 9 2004
reviewed the implementation of recommendations of previous mission and
described the achieved results in the report: recommendations – 14,
suggestions- 12 and good practices -1
Cooperation with US NRC started in 1995. Cooperative Arrangement
between NRC and ANRA was signed on September, 1997.
Under the mentioned arrangement the ANRA has received Technical and
expert assistance from the US NRC:
In March 2007 Cooperative Arrangement was extended for 5 years.
ANRA cooperates with EU under TACIS project since1998. The
cooperation is aimed at strengthening and enhancing the
effectiveness of the nuclear regime in Armenia.
In frame of TACIS project ANRA received assistance in the following
The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for senior staff of regulators in the countries operating WWER reactors to exchange information on various regulatory issues and share recent experience. The forum members are STUK, SONS, UJD SR, BNRA, HAEA and other. Observers from IRSN, GRS and IAEA are also invited to attend the meeting.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION EU (cont.)
ANRA nd NRSC on-going projects: