Metsamor

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For the village near Echmiadzin, see Metsamor (village); for the river, see Akhurian River; for the archaeological site, see Metsamor site.

Coordinates: 40°08′34″N 44°06′59″E / 40.14278°N 44.11639°E / 40.14278; 44.11639

Metsamor
Մեծամոր
Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant
Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant
Metsamor is located in Armenia
Metsamor
Metsamor
Coordinates: 40°08′34″N 44°06′59″E / 40.14278°N 44.11639°E / 40.14278; 44.11639
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Armavir
Founded 1969
Area
 • Total 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 10,300
Time zone   (UTC+4)

Metsamor (Armenian: Մեծամոր, Armenian pronunciation: [mɛt͡sɑˈmoɾ]) is a town and an urban community in the Armavir Province of Armenia. It is famous for being home to Armenia's Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant.

The modern town of Metsamor was built in 1969 to house the employees of the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant. The name was derived from the nearby river. The power plant was temporarily closed in 1989 after the 1988 Spitak earthquake for safety reasons. However, economic and transportation blockades by Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey, which created energy shortages in Armenia, caused the Armenian government to reopen the plant in 1993. The unit 2 reactor was brought back into operation on October 26, 1995. Nowadays, the Metsamor plant generates 40% of Armenia's energy needs.[1]

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Media related to Metsamor at Wikimedia Commons